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CBS “Research Department” Apparently Located in West Wing

CBS News Monday helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of Obamacare by citing a statistic it said its “research department” had uncovered.

Note, in the video below, the citation in small print for the news that 16 million Americans had been insured under the law. It says, “Source: The White House.”

Here’s where the research came from.

The report by anchor Scott Pelley goes on to cite other good news for Obamacare but unfortunately must acknowledge that Americans don’t like it. However, they just want to fix it, not repeal it like those awful Republicans keep doing!

Kennedy’s Questions Raise Concerns for Obamacare Opponents

Justice Anthony Kennedy today posed questions that suggested a rationale for him to oppose a lawsuit before the Supreme Court that could destroy Obamacare.

Kennedy, along with Chief Justice John Roberts, is one of two justices whose votes on the case will likely decide it. Both would have to side with Obamacare opponents for the law to be struck down. The case was argued before the Supreme Court today.

The case, King v Burwell, will turn on whether the Justices accept the clear language of the law, which states that Obamacare subsidies are only available to states that set up exchanges. Most states did not, leaving the federal government to set up its own exchange for people in those states. This, the challengers claim, is illegal. If that’s correct, then millions who have subsidies under the federal exchange will lose them, and Obamacare could collapse.

Opponents of the suit generally claim that the law, though it says otherwise, was in fact meant to provide subsidies people in states that did not set up exchanges.

But, resorting to what ironically is a tenet of conservative philosophy – states’ rights – Kennedy posed another problem, saying that the requirement states set up exchanges to receive subsidies might constitute an undue burden imposed by the federal government on the states.

If he finds the requirement unconstitutional because the consequences of not setting up an exchange are too severe, he may hold that the law cannot issue this requirement, and therefore states must receive subsidies whether they have exchanges or not.

Roberts, whose vote saved Obamacare the last time it was before the Court, remained mostly silent and did not indicate which way he leaned.

Obama “Keep Your Insurance” Estimate Off by 10 million

Under Obamacare, 10 million people will lose their employer-provided insurance by 2021 – or one out of sixteen workers – a number that is ten times the original estimate, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO also estimates that 31 million people will remain uninsured despite a price tag of $2 trillion, begging the question, was there not a better way to do this than socializing the U.S. health system?

The Latest Gruber Video

It’s not exactly what you think.

And BTW, notice whom else he thanks. Romney is smart, but the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., that old Fox, was smarter. He used Romney to set in motion the process that led to the Affordable Care Act and eventually, perhaps, Kennedy’s decades-old vision of universal, single payer coverage.

Uriah Heep Comes Before Congress

“When I was quite a young boy . . . I got to know what umbleness did, and I took to it. I ate umble pie with an appetite. I stopped at the umble point of my learning, and says I, ‘Hard hard!’ When you offered to teach me Latin, I knew better.”

Jonathan Gruber probably walked away from the Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing with some smug satisfaction that he had endured a dragging over the coals without really being responsive to the committee, while projecting himself as completely contrite. But Americans, who contrary to Gruber’s assumption are far from stupid, surely saw through his humility act.

Republicans achieved their mission, showcasing Gruber – or more accurately, allowing him to showcase himself – as the slippery shyster behind the Obamacare fraud that was perpetuated on the American people.

Responsive he wasn’t. He wouldn’t divulge what taxpayers paid him and refused to provide documents related to his pay or his work on Obamacare, though he is going to be subpoenaed for all of this. And he refused to even get into whether the administration, as he claimed in videos, intentionally deceived Americans by presenting the Obamacare mandate as a penalty and not a tax and obscuring that Obamacare was a wealth transfer from the healthy to the sick.

But his artful dodges revealed his artifice.

The most telling moment came during questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who repeatedly tried to get Gruber to fess up to the deceit behind Obamacare. Gruber dodged the question by using his preconceived strategy of apologizing until a threatening question went away, saying he was “glib,” “hurtful,” “trying to make myself seem smarter,” used “inexcusable language,” had “inexcusable arrogance,” and was “trying to conjecture on political topic on which I’m not an expert.”

But note in the video below how his determined repetitions begin to make his apologies sound utterly inauthentic.

There he is, Uriah Heep himself, slathering on the humility. Dickens knew of the Grubers of the world 160 years ago.

Yes, Jonathan should never have been trying to speaking Latin, or the language of politicians!

And then there was the obvious lie, coaxed forward by Chairman Issa, that Gruber didn’t mean what he said when he clearly and emphatically stated in 2012 that citizens of states that don’t set up exchanges would not receive their Obamacare subsidies.

“The point I believe I was making was about the possibility that the federal government, for whatever reason, might not create a federal exchange,” Uriah peeped.

Well, let’s go to the videotape. Gruber was unequivocal in 2012 that states without exchanges wouldn’t have access to subsidies, and he was clear that he expected the federal exchange to be set up, even if the feds might be slow-walking it a bit.

This is critical, because the biggest threat to Gruber’s Obamacare scheme is now a case headed to the Supreme Court that could, as the law states it must, deny subsidies to those living in the 36 states that did not set up exchanges. That would be it for Obamacare.

As a bonus insult, still assuming the American people to be stupid, Gruber tried to reinterpret Obama’s repeated false statements that people could keep their plans and their doctors.

“I interpreted the president’s statements to mean that the vast majority of Americans would not be affected by the Affordable Care Act,” Gruber said. Except, Obama didn’t say “the vast majority.” And the minority left after you take out the “vast majority” in our vast country could include millions of people, so Obama would still be trying to suggest something was inconsequential that actually was not.

There was a moment, though, that we saw a small crack in the facade, got a view of the arrogance burning beneath the veil of fake humility. It was when Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, requested documents from Gruber related to his work on Obamacare.

“Do I have documents? I have all sorts of documents,” Gruber responded. “I have a piece of paper in front of me.”

He just couldn’t resist Heeping some condescension onto his unworthy inferiors.

The Latest Gruber Video Could be the Most Damaging of All

I know, another Jonathan Gruber video. That’s so yesterday, like Ebola, you’re thinking. But this one may be  worse than the derisive pomposity and shameless admissions of deception that marked Gruber’s previous performances. Because in the new video, Gruber provides stunning evidence favoring the side that is seeking to destroy Obamacare in a case headed to the Supreme… Continue Reading

The “Cadillac Tax” is for You

For me? You say. But I’m just a regular guy – or gal – without all those fancy benefits. Well, no matter, the Cadillac tax is for you too. As Tevi Troy, president of the American Health Policy Institute and a former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, notes in today’s Wall Street Journal, the… Continue Reading

Gruber: States Refusing to Expand Medicaid “Awesome” in their “Evilness”

A new video featuring Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, uncovered by White House Dossier today, shows Gruber concurring that some states refusing to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare do so out of racist motives and asserting that the refusal is “almost awesome in its evilness” and an effort to “punish poor people.” About half the states… Continue Reading

Obamacare Bait and Switch

If you like your Obamacare plan, you can keep it. But you’ll have to pay up to 20 percent more. That was the news dumped out by the White House on a Friday, so hopefully few would see it, just hours before the 2015 marketplace opened. According to the New York Times, those who bought… Continue Reading

Will Gruber Ruin the Romney Revival?

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… Continue Reading