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Jonathan Gruber Calls American Voters “Too Stupid” To Understand Obamacare

Oops, sorry, and double oops.

Shortly following an apology for comments from a recently released clip in which he attributed the passing of the Affordable Care Act to “the stupidity of the American voter,” Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and key architect in the development of Obamacare, is in hot water once again for comments from another recently released clip in which, in the same vein, he called Americans “too stupid” to understand the passed bill.

The comments in the clip show Gruber, in separate events back in 2013, commenting on the positive effect of the American public’s ignorance upon the clearance of Obamacare. In the latest clip, Gruber said “the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.”

His first released clip shows Gruber going into further detail. “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes,” he said. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.

“If you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in -– you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.”

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber laments in the video. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter … but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass. … Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

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