They think the common people are stupid. We’re easy to deceive. Most of us aren’t paying attention. So they make fools of the sheep time and time again. They’re the politicians, the bureaucrats, and agents of the government. Deception is their job.
When they want to do something to us that they know we won’t like, e.g. steal our property or diminish our liberty, they simply flat out lie about their intentions, disguise the facts, and hide the truth until it’s too late, they’ve had their way and the damage is done. And after the damage has been done the deceivers like to gloat about their deception.
That’s what they did to us back in 2009, for example, with the so-called Affordable Care Act -- ObamaCare. It was billed as the greatest benefit to Americans since Social Security.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the House at the time told us it was wonderful and that we needed to pass the ObamaCare bill in Congress so that we could finally find out what was in it. Few people knew what was in it then. If they’d known they surely wouldn’t have liked it. If they’d known, it never would have become law.
One of the deceiver’s who did know what was in it was Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber, a health economist who was paid $400,000 by the Obama administration to consult the government on ObamaCare. He was one of the primary architects of the law. And now he’s been gloating about how the law got passed and just how stupid the American sheep were to allow the deception.
"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes," said Gruber. "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the 'stupidity of the American voter' or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
Referring to the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-end health plans, he admitted it was designed to deceive the people into thinking that the insurance companies would be paying the tax, not the policy holders. "They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference," said Gruber, admitting that the idea of taxing individuals would have been politically unpalatable, but taxing the companies worked because Americans didn't understand the difference.
As to whether ObamaCare is actually “affordable” and will save Americans money as its supporters touted from the beginning, professor Gruber now admits: “... covering people with health insurance doesn't save money,... That was sometimes a misleading motivator for the Affordable Care Act. The law isn't designed to save money. It's designed to improve health, and that's going to cost money."
Today the Obama administration is arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the ObamaCare law provides tax subsidies to insured’s enrolled in federally created health care exchanges; not just exchanges created by the states as the text of the law plainly provides. It’s just another deception. Now they’re trying to deceive SCOTUS.
Once again, professor Gruber blurts out the truth: “I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it. But you know, once again, the politics can get ugly around this.”
Deception: it’s their job.