Comment: The University of Pennsylvania, which posted the original video on its website, has removed it. Make no mistake: Gruber’s position is THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS, putting him in very bad company, indeed.
“It’s just… you can’t do it. Politically. You just literally cannot do it. Okay?
“Transparent financing? Unless I had transparent financing… also [garbled] transparent spending. I mean, the… this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes the bill dies, okay? So, it was written to do that.
“In terms of… in terms of risk-rated(?) subsidies, if you had a law which said that ‘healthy people are gonna pay in’… it made explicit that healthy people were going to pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Okay?
“Just like the cow… people… transparenc… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And, basically, you know, call it ‘the stupidity of the American voter’ or whatever, but basically that was really really critical to get the thing to pass.
“And you know it’s the ‘second best’ argument. You know I wish Mark was right–we could make it all transparent–but I’d rather have this law than not. So it’s kind of like his reporter story. You know yeah there’s [sic] things that I wish I could change, but I would rather have this law than not.” –Prof. Jonathan Gruber, Oct. 17, 2013 (emphasis added).
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