11-14-14 – More on the Gruber Fiasco (and the Vermont Media’s failure to cover it)

by Rob Roper 

I’ll cut right to the point: Jonathn Gruber, the guy Vermont taxpayers are giving $400,000 to vet the single payer financing plan set to be unveiled (finally!!) in January is on the record multiple times saying that he helped orchestrate a fraud in regard to passage of the Affordable Care Act.

It’s all over the internet. It’s all over the national news. Does anybody in the Vermont media (besides Bruce Parker of VT Watchdog) care? Because I can’t find a single story in this state besides Parker’s even commenting on the issue.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean commented on Gruber’s videos in the national media saying, “The core problem under the damn law [ACA] is it was put together by a bunch of elitists who don’t fundamentally understand the American people.” (Video). You’d think that connection would at least get the Vermont media’s attention. Nope. Nuthin’.

Here’s why this is a major Vermont story, and it’s not because some arrogant, Ivy League, elitist shot off his mouth about how stupid voters are. That’s entertaining enough, but it’s not the substance of the story. It’s a major story because Gruber said,

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO [Congressional Budget Office] 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 healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” [Emphasis added]

Translation: I lied to see a bill I wanted passed pass.

And this guy is vetting our single payer financing plan?! The definition of “vetting” is “to subject somebody or something to a careful examination or scrutiny, especially when this involves determining suitability for something.” This means that whoever is doing the vetting needs to have the highest degree of credibility. Gruber now has ZERO credibility.

So, when Peter Shumlin comes out some time in January and says we have a financing plan for the $2 billion we need to raise to pay for single payer healthcare and by gosh it works! — will this be the truth, or the fraudulent statement of a guy who’d rather see single payer move forward than not?

This is not acceptable.

Nor is it acceptable that Vermont’s media is ignoring the question. Perhaps they share Gruber’s sentiment. They’d rather have single payer than tell the truth about it, and believe Vermonters are too stupid to figure things out on our own.

Bruce Parker interviewed Senator Claire Ayer, chair of the Senate Health Care Committee about Gruber’s comments: “’I’m sorry that he said that. He certainly doesn’t speak for the Vermont Legislature,’ [Ayer] said. However, Ayer stopped short of calling for Gruber to be fired, saying his job is to provide important data to the Legislature. ‘We didn’t hire him to do public relations — we hired him to give us data. He’s a very highly nationally respected economist who specializes in the health care field. … I’m sure he knows by now we don’t expect him to ever say things like that again in a public setting.’”

Highly respected? Well, not so much anymore. And, quite frankly, if all Senator Ayer is upset about is what Gruber said — and only the fact that he said it publicly! — she’s just as bad as he is. To quote Howard Dean again, “The problem is not that he said it, the problem is that he thinks it.” It’s what he did. He lied to the American people to pass a bill he knew we would otherwise have opposed. That is what’s so heinously offensive.

The question Vermonters need to ask now is if they think Jonathan Gruber, an affirmed single payer healthcare zealot, would lie to us stupid Vermont voters about the workability of a $2 billion financing plan because he’d “rather have a law than not.” Personally, I think he would.

— Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe Fortner November 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

It’s actually worse: this is what Gruber said in Vermont (!!!) about its single payer. Not only were the author’s predictions absolutely fulfilled, but it shows the abject contempt of Gruber (and “experts” like him) and of the Vermont legislature:



D. Smith November 15, 2014 at 12:59 am

Jonathan Gruber has a history of lying and deceit.
Vermonters beware, the Shumlin administration hired this flim flam con man to sell you single payer health care.

Busted: Obamacare Architect Caught in Epic Lie, Confirming Opponents’ Argument

Jonathan Gruber Didn’t Disclose He Was Paid $392,000 by HHS!


Jim Bulmer November 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Gruber is a fraud and a cheat. He has as admitted as much, yet Shumlin and his cronies are about to accept his findings as gospel. Who in the legislature or in the Gov’s. office will be qualified to vet Gruber’s proposal? If I were in their shoes, I would be very leary of anything Gruber suggests. Unfortunately, they’ll all appear thoughtful and applaud Gruber for pulling a fast one on Vermonters as he walks to the bank to deposit his hard earned $400,000.


Michael Lavery November 16, 2014 at 1:57 am

gruber is correct about the American voters. Look who is president and who is governor of Vermont. You people that don’t vote are to blame, also.


Robert November 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I agree with Mr. Roper that it is unacceptable that the Vermont media is deliberately ignoring this situation. In doing so it is complicit in the impending fiasco that is single-payer health care, should it come to pass. I must trust Mr. Roper’s assertion that outlets like the Burlington Free Press is failing in its duty to report such important matters because I have not read the Free Press in years, for just this reason.


Joseph Fortner November 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

The two minute Gruber compilation prepared by American Committment is both a well-done primer on his statements, and an expose of the deceit of the Democrat party (as well as of its media enablers).



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