As we’ve long said about Obamacare — rising costs and the destruction of the health insurance marketplace are a feature of the President’s hallmark administration, not a bug.

Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare architect agrees.

In an interview with CNN Wednesday, Gruber explained Obamacare was, “working as designed”.

From The Washington Times:

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber infamously told an audience at the University of Pennsylvania in November 2014 that Democrats required “the stupidity of the American voter” for Obamacare to become law.

The White House’s announcement that premium increases up to 25 percent await Americans in 2017 brought Mr. Gruber into the limelight once again this week, where he told CNN’s Carol Costello there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the program.

“There’s no sense in which it needs to be fixed,” Mr. Gruber said. “The law is working as designed. However, it could work better.”

How can it work better? He answers “I think probably the most important thing experts would agree on is that we need a larger mandate penalty. We have individuals who are essentially free-riding on the system. They’re essentially waiting until they get sick and then getting health insurance.”

In other words, raise the fines — “taxes,” the Supreme Court called them in upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate — for not having an Obamacare-compliant health-insurance plan.

Raise the non-insured penalty? Given astronomical premium increases, that would have to be one stiff penalty.

The interview:

At least someone out there advocating for Obamacare is telling the truth. Too bad we’re still getting screwed.

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