Not quite the tune he was singing at Tuesday’s Congressional hearing
And here we have yet another Gruber video.
Tuesday, Jonathan Gruber voluntarily testified before the House Oversight Committee where he was grilled by committee members from both sides of the aisle.
Gruber apologized for his, “glib, thoughtless, and sometimes downright insulting comments.” Gruber took great pains to sidestep any question that touched upon the veracity of his remarks. Repeatedly, he claimed he was not a political advisor or a politician:
Exhibit A: “I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform. I am not an expert on politics and my tone implied that I was, which is wrong.”
Exhibit B: “I am not an elected official, nor am I a political advisor. I am an economist who ran a complex microsimulation model to help Democratic and Republican politicians and their advisors understand the impact that their policies would have on the health care system.”
Exhibit C: “I’m here to explain that a number of those comments were made in a tone of expertise that I don’t have.”
Exhibit D: ” I was an economic modeler, one of about sixty contractors.”
You get the point.
Yesterday, American Commitment, who’s done fantastic work on GruberGate, released this video from 2010. Gruber, giving a lecture at MIT said:
You’re hearing a lot of discussion about the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act which passed last March 23rd. This was the single most important piece of government legislation perhaps since World War II. Certainly the most significant piece of social policy legislation since Medicare was introduced in 1965. What does this bill do? Well this bill tries to, and let me… full disclaimer, I’m going to describe objectively, but I helped write it. So I’m going to be objective, I’ll try to be objective, but full disclaimer, I was involved in writing the legislation, so, there is some bias involved here.
So which is it? Was Gruber a lowly, nameless contractor in a sea of many or was he, as so many claim, one of the most influential architects of Obamacare? Gruber seems to speak for himself on the matter, provided he’s not under oath in a Congressional hearing.
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