“I have stolen ideas liberally.”
Obama’s recent claim that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was “some adviser who never worked on our staff” will now be subject to new scrutiny given a video that surfaced yesterday.
Brendan Bordelon of National Review has the scoop:
Obama in 2006: ‘I Have Stolen Ideas Liberally’ From Jonathan Gruber
This weekend, President Obama dismissed MIT professor Jonathan Gruber as “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” But back in 2006, the president struck a much more laudatory tone while addressing the future architect of Obamacare.
At a Brookings Institution meeting in 2006, Obama praised the policy accomplishments of the man who would later imperil the Affordable Care Act through repeated comments belittling the intelligence of American voters.
In the video provided by conservative group American Commitment, the president calls Gruber one of “the brightest minds from academia and policy circles,” claiming he’s one of a small group of experts from whom he’s “stolen ideas liberally.”
Watch it all here:
Deroy Murdock of National Review notes that Obamacare made Gruber a very wealthy man:
Jonathan Gruber: The $6 Million Man
So far, the health-care economist has received at least $5,886,150 in taxpayer-funded health-care-consulting fees, mainly from the federal government. This bonanza includes:
$103,500 from the U.S. Department of State
$392,000 from the state of Minnesota
$392,600 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources
$400,000 from the state of Vermont
$400,000 from the state of Wisconsin
$481,050 from the state of Michigan
$1,730,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice (that medical hotbed)
$2,050,000 from the U.S. National Institutes of Health
This income puts Gruber well within the Left’s much-hated 1 percent.
“The $6 million man” — as Fox & Friends co-host Peter Johnson, Jr. called him this morning on Fox — has generated headlines lately. Too bad the Old Guard media largely have snored through this major story in their latest act of journalistic malpractice.
Nonsense. I’m sure the media would be ignoring this story in the same way if this was a Republican administration.
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