MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare whose comments disparaging Americans as stupid have gone viral, may not just be helping topple his own creation. He might also short-circuit the political revival of the man he worked with on a similar scheme, Mitt Romney, who was assisted by Gruber in creating Romneycare.
The avalanche of Gruber videos may remind people of Romney’s biggest weakness – that he did Obamacare before Obama did it.
Speaking in November 2011, as the GOP primaries were about to begin, Gruber charged that Romney’s efforts to distinguish Romneycare from Obamacare were fakery:
The problem is there is no way to say that. Because they’re the same fucking bill. He just can’t have his cake and eat it too. Basically, you know, it’s the same bill. He can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he’s just lying. The only big difference is he didn’t have to pay for his. Because the federal government paid for it. Where at the federal level, we have to pay for it, so we have to raise taxes.
Influential conservative radio host Mark Levin made the connection between Gruber and Romney just the other evening:
I wanna remind all of you Romney synchofants who want Romney to run again, including Romney, this man was also the architect of Romneycare . . . Romney used this professor before Obmama did. Sorry – sorry to burst some people’s bubbles.”
In the video below, Gruber offers up some more damaging information for Romney. Ever the cynic, Gruber proudly asserts that the Massachusetts plan was a “rip off” of the federal government, which he suggests was conned into paying for it. Romney, he indicates, was complicit in the scheme:
The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the feds paid for our bill, OK? In Massachusetts, we had a very powerful Senator you may know named Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy had basically figured out – Ted Kennedy and smart people in Massachusetts – had basically figured out a way to rip off the Feds for $400 million a year.
The Bush administration said, ‘Wait a second, why are we doing this favor to a Democrat? We’re going to take it away.’ The Romney administration, to their credit, went to the Bush administration and said, ‘Wait a second, if we can keep this money and use it to cover the uninsured, will you let us keep it?’ The Bush administration, to their credit, said, ‘sure.’ And that became the financial basis for our transformation in Massachusetts.
The comment begins at about the 12 minute mark.