It's clear that Paul Krugman at the New York Times could hardly wait to submit his latest column, a Monday polemic which predictably celebrated Republicans' recent failure to roll back ObamaCare. Krugman ventured even further into the realm of fantasy than usual when he conferred nearly angelic status on former President Barack Obama and his administration. His claim: "The Obama administration was remarkably clearheaded and honest about its policies" — particularly in regards to ObamaCare.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's MSNBC Live, ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber -- infamous for advising President Barack Obama to deceive the public to get ObamaCare passed -- claimed that now, unlike in the past when politicians were just "bending the truth," now they are "explicitly lying" as Republicans prepare to move ahead on repealing ObamaCare.
Here’s a story that you can’t make up, folks. In an attempt to fact-check President-elect Donald Trump on his claim of Sprint bringing jobs back to the United States, Wednesday’s The Last Word turned to none other than ObamaCare architect and deception artist Jonathan Gruber for two segments to inform MSNBC viewers where Trump went wrong and struggled with facts.
OUCH! Remind me to never get on the bad side of Maria Bartiromo. After watching Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber wither during her incisive interview Tuesday on Fox News' Mornings With Maria one could almost feel sorry for the guy. Almost.
What riled up Bartiromo was Gruber's smug assertion of no job losses due to Obamacare despite Bartiromo citing business executives telling her the opposite. After Gruber brushed her off for supposedly relying on anecdotes rather than hard data, the fireworks began as we shall see.
If Donald Trump said it, then it must be false. That seems to be the philosophy of many liberals, including Politico senior staff writer Michael Grunwald. In this case, Trump correctly described Jonathan Gruber as the architect of ObamaCare in a speech today in Des Moines, Iowa. Gruber was once embraced by liberals and was praised by them many times over and over and over again as the "architect of Obamacare." However, ever since November 2014 when video revealed Gruber as stating that lack of transparency is a huge political advantage in promoting ObamaCare and mocking the "stupidity" of the voters, he has become a big liability for them and now they must deny many times more than thrice what they once enthusiastically embraced.
If you are writing an article about the failure of ObamaCare, Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts, wouldn't the primary person you would want to quote at length be the one generally acknowledged as the disgraced architect of that plan, Jonathan Gruber? Of course. And yet Carolyn Y. Johnson of the Washington Post only provided a short quote from Gruber buried deep within the story and identified him as "an economist" with no reference to his crucial role in being the architect of Obamacare.
This is sort of like doing a story about Wall Street and then citing Bernie Madoff as "an investor" somewhere deep inside the article. So let us start out by taking a deep plunge way down into the article and bring up the amost hidden quickie quote from Gruber who, oh yeah, was only the primary architect of this enormous flop:
Last Friday your humble correspondent noted the absence of Sarah Kliff on the topic of ObamaCare and now he is unhumble enough to believe that this put pressure on her to return to that painful topic today at Vox after nearly a month of avoiding it. As you can read, poor Sarah seems to have gone from acting like a cheerleader aboard a sinking Titanic to taking on the role of radio reporter Herbert Morrison breathlessly reporting on the crashing Hindenburg:
Two recent NewsBusters posts have demonstrated that the major broadcast networks other than Fox News have failed to cover new information reported Sunday evening at the Wall Street Journal. Newly available emails reveal that MIT's Jonathan Gruber "worked more closely than previously known with the White House and top federal officials to shape" the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Monday afternoon, NB's Scott Whitlock noted that "All three network morning shows on Monday ignored" the clearly newsworthy revelations. Very early Tuesday morning, NB's Curtis Houck observed that "The top English and Spanish-language broadcast networks" did the same thing Monday evening. The Associated Press and the New York Times, the nation's de facto news gatekeepers during the Obama era (far more the former than the latter, in my view) were instrumental in this deliberate averted-eyes exercise. Neither outlet has printed a word about what the Journal found.
The top English and Spanish-language broadcast networks again ignored on Monday night a new development in the Jonathan Gruber saga as new e-mails have surfaced that revealed how his role with the White House on ObamaCare was more detailed than previously thought. As initially reported by The Wall Street Journal, e-mails “show frequent consultations between Mr. Gruber and top Obama administration staffers and advisers in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on the Affordable Care Act.”
Are you so gullible as to place your faith in the credibility of the current White House? If so, you might have to find yourself end up eating crow and apologizing to the skeptics for your gullibility as happened to Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin on Morning Joe today. Halperin's apology came on the heels of a report yesterday in the Wall Street Journal that despite previous White House denials, it actually had quite extensive contacts with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber.
Here are some of the details that made Halperin feel foolish for placing his blind faith in the White House:
Say my name. ---Walter White aka Heisenberg in Breaking Bad.
New York Times writer Robert Pear knows his name but he didn't say it in his article about how four words in the Obamacare law was simply a mistake. Pear quotes a number of people involved in the law's writing process but fails to mention the one who was acknowledged as the architect of Obamacare...until it became politically inconvenient to do so---Jonathan Gruber. And the reason why Gruber's name went unmentioned in the article is because of his claim, recorded for all eternity on video, that only state established health exchanges would be eligible for subsidies.
Please believe in the integrity of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. If he disavowed his own remarks, emphatically repeated several times on video, that only state based health exchanges were eligible for subsidies you can believe this honorable gentleman. Such is the attitude of General Electric Vox's Sarah Kliff as she regales us with the history of the King vs Burwell case which will be heard this week at the Supreme Court.