In a stark demonstration of do not make claims that can be refuted in discovery, emails obtained by the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee demonstrate that far from being just a low level contractor who never worked for the Obama Administration, Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor of “call it the stupidity of the American people” fame, was far more involved in the development of ObamaCare than the White House wants us to believe.
“His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told the Wall Street Journal. “There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said. He put up this facade he was an arm’s length away. It was a farce.”
According to a Wall Street Journal piece, Gruber was such an intimate adviser that there are exchanges between him and a number of key players in the Obama Administration.
- Jeanne Lambrew, a top administration official at HHS;
- Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser;
- Peter Orszag, then-director of the Office of Management and Budget;
- Jason Furman, then an economic adviser to the president who is now chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers;
- and Ezekiel Emanuel, then a special adviser for health policy at the Office of Management and Budget.
Gruber also was an important lobbyist of sorts who helped sway Sen. Mary Landrieu to vote for the “Affordable” Care Act.
The information provided by the Wall Street Journal also claims that in the emails, Gruber advised for Obama to “hold out for more money to do universal coverage.” He also communicated directly with White House officials for advice on dealing with reporters. Gruber encouraged the shake down of pharmaceutical companies to finance the passage efforts. He also anticipated that millions of “losers” of the young, healthy variety would be caught in the ObamaCare net to help finance the entire operation, as well as over 4 million workers being dropped from employer plans. Neither prediction has come to fruition as of yet.
For its part, the White House and Obama Administration are downplaying the report and the emails, calling them “old news.” However, this cache of information directly contradicts the party line on Jonathan Gruber’s involvement with the entire conception of, development of, passage of and implementation of ObamaCare. Word from the officials was that he was just a low level dude, someone who was used and forgotten. In one of the emails within the cache Jeanne Lambrew had this to say to Gruber in September of 2009:
“Thank you for being an integral part of getting us to this historic moment.” … In another email several months later, she hailed Gruber as “our hero.”
That doesn’t sound like Gruber was considered to be a low level forgettable adviser by any stretch.
Writer’s note: Cradle to grave universal health care is plank in the Communist Manifesto. The leftists have been trying to get it enshrined in US law for over 100 years. With this attempt they tried to take federalism with it. The Supreme Court overturned that part, and it is under examination again with the King v. Burwell decision that is expected later this week.