Jonathan Gruber, one of the lawmakers behind the Affordable Care Act, has attributed the law’s success to the ‘stupidity of the American voter.’ During a 2014 panel discussion, he stated that the finances were written in such as way as to purposely fool the Congressional Budget Office, so as to gain financial approval for the bill under false pretences. He says that, “lack of transparency is a political advantage,” justifying his actions by saying he would rather have the law passed dishonestly than to not have the law.
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“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber flatly stated. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”
“So it was written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — it made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people will get money, it would not have passed.”
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage, and basically call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever,” he continued. “But that was really critical to getting the thing to pass.”