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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 Court.

Here’s what he said in January 2012:

If you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, “you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.”

Here’s why this is so important.

The Supreme Court agreed last month to hear arguments in a case that claims subsidies for people under Obamacare are only for people who, as spelled out in the law, use an exchange established by a state. The infamous federal exchange was really a backup mechanism that the law’s writers didn’t expect to be used because, you know, what state would refuse federal subsidies and fail to set up an exchange?

Thirty six, as it turned out. So as you can see, if people in these states can’t get subsidies because of a ruling by the Supreme Court, a central component of Obamacare falls apart, and possibly the law itself.

Nobody contests the language of the law. Liberals claim, though, that the “intent” of the Affordable Care Act was to cover everybody, so the law’s clear text is moot. But what Gruber, the central architect of the law – despite efforts by the administration and top Democrats to pretend he was merely making runs for  pizza and coffee – seems to be confirming is that, yes, this is what the law says, and this is the effect: You don’t set up a state exchange, your citizens don’t get subsidies.

The Court is expected to rule in the spring. It apparently is too late to include the video as evidence in the case. But the Justices, who are known to read newspapers and watch TV, may well be aware of this video, and influenced by its contest.

Here are Gruber’s remarks, followed by some good commentary by a panel on Fox.

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 Obamacare tax on the most generous health plans – a 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored plans spending more than $10,200 per employee - will increasingly hit middle class families.

You see, the tax is indexed over the long term to inflation, so it covers higher-cost plans over time. HOWEVER, health care spending rises much more quickly than inflation, so plans will become more generous at a faster rate than inflation. Of course, the designers of Obamacare knew this full well.

He quotes the notorious Jonathan Gruber, architect of Obamacare:

Mr. Gruber also implicitly acknowledged that calling the excise tax a “Cadillac” tax is misleading, as the tax’s reach will expand. “Over time it’s gonna apply to more and more health-insurance plans,” he said, elaborating in a separate speech that the “tax that starts out hitting only 8% of the insurance plans essentially amounts over the next 20 years [to] essentially getting rid of the exclusion for employer-sponsored plans.”

By getting rid of the exclusion he means that health care benefits, which get a pass from taxation, will eventually be taxed at around the same rate as income.

Troy writes:

From 2018 to 2024, the excise tax could cost 12.1 million employees an average $1,050 in higher payroll and income taxes a year, if employers increase their taxable wages as they reduce the cost of health-care benefits. Alternatively, if employers only reduce the value of their offerings without increasing wages and salaries, these employees could see up to a $6,150 reduction in their health-care benefits and little or no increase in pay . . .

This means that eventually the excise tax will affect an increasing number of workers who don’t have top-flight health insurance. By 2031 the cost of the average family health-care plan is expected to hit the excise-tax threshold.

Don’t forget, of course, plans will raise your costs because of the tax, even if you don’t have a Cadillac plan.

So, whether you’ve got a Camry or a Cadillac you’re going to pay. Because profit is the gasoline that drives insurers, and you use the same gasoline no matter what make and model you own.

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 statesContinue 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 boughtContinue 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 avalancheContinue Reading