To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.
That was President Barack Obama the day after the Republicans shellacked the Democrats in the mid-term elections, handling control of both the Senate and the House. So, in essence, the president said he heard the voices of those who didn’t speak.
Reminds me of conservatives in the 1960s and 1970s when they spoke for the “silent majority.”
No progressives and their icon, Obama, are speaking for the silent majority. These are the same self-appointed elites who know what’s best for Americans, even if they’re not speaking.
Exhibit A: Jonathan Gruber.
He’s the MIT economics professor and Affordable Care Act architect who said they couldn’t be honest with the American public because they were too stupid to understand the legislation. (See below.) It wasn’t just a slip of a tongue, but a repeated assertion. For a more detailed exploration of the lies, check out syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. Sure, some of you will automatically dismiss anything Krauthammer says because you don’t agree with him. If so, then digest the Chicago Tribune editorial, “Arrogance plus deception equals Obamacare. Ask Gruber.”
As for the rest of the media, they pretty much ignored Gruber, because, well, you fill in the blank. As it says here, if an insider in the George W. Bush administration admitted that it used deception to get us into the Iraq War, it would be the lead story everywhere.
Besides trying to ignore the steaming pile of lies, progressives now are trying to pretend that (1) Gruber wasn’t theirs, or (2) Gruber didn’t have much to do with creating Obamacare. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi–continuing the lie–tried to tell everyone that she didn’t know who this Gruber is. Even though she put out a press release when Obamacare was being debated praising Gruber by name for his analysis, supposedly demonstrating the economic benefits (another lie).
All right, all politicians lie, or at least the majority of Americans think so. (I know some politicians who actually didn’t.) But that doesn’t excuse the seriousness of the sins of Obamacare fanatics who either (1) didn’t know what they were talking about (e.g. you can keep your doctor), or (2) knew, but lied.
Either way, it’s time to start over on providing Americans with better health care.
Jonathan Gruber again says subsidies are tied to state-based exchanges. Obamacare backers now assert that that was never the law’s intent; that everyone, whether in a state or federal exchange, should receive the subsidies. That’s the issue that the U.S. Supreme Court soon will take up.
Nancy Pelosi’s lie uncovered (below):