“Look, and who’s fault is this?”
In today’s episode of “Democrats can’t be blamed for anything” the lead role will be played by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who famously credited the stupidity of the American voter for the law’s passage.
While appearing on FOX News Sunday, Gruber argued that the collapse of Obamacare must be blamed on none other than President Trump.
Chuck Ross reports at the Daily Caller:
Jonathan Gruber Blames Obamacare Failures On Donald Trump [VIDEO]
Gruber, an MIT economics professor who is considered one of the architects of Obamacare, made the bold claim during an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
While discussing the House’s passage this week of a Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Wallace pointed to statistics showing that health care premiums have skyrocketed as insurance companies are fleeing some markets.
Premiums under Obamacare went up 24 percent last year, and the average number of insurers in each marketplace fell from 5.9 to 3.9, Wallace noted.
“Look, and who’s fault is this? Before President Trump was elected there were no counties in America that did not have an insurer. Since President Trump has been elected, and massive…,” Gruber responded.
“Wait, you’re going to blame the problems of Obamacare on President Trump?” Wallace interjected.
Here’s the video. Be sure to watch to the end to see Karl Rove dismantle Gruber’s argument.
A few years ago, when Gruber’s comments about American voters became public, the GOP released this video:
Gruber didn’t pick his blame for Trump out of a hat. He has clearly been thinking about this as evidenced by a recent op-ed he wrote for the New York Daily News:
Republicans’ astonishing health-care hypocrisy: They heaped withering scorn on the Obamacare process, now ram through the AHCA
For the past seven years, one of the major Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act was about the process by which it was passed.
Opponents argued that the law was “rushed” through Congress and “rammed through” on a purely partisan basis. Indeed, anger about this law was focused as much on the means of it getting through as it was on the details of the law itself. I should know; I’ve been on the receiving end of just about as much criticism of the Affordable Care Act as anyone.
The presumptive passage of the Republican alternative to the ACA today illustrates what a hollow and callous argument this was all along. Proponents of the American Health Care Act or AHCA (couldn’t they at least have a more differentiated acronym?) have not only crafted a law that is worse than the ACA along every single dimension; it is also a breathtakingly radical attempt to cram through a massive reform of our health care system.
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