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Friday, November 21, 2014

We've Been Grubered and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore

Say what you want about Jonathan Gruber, but he had a whole bunch of Americans fooled, including the biggest fools of all in the Obama administration.

After all the millions this guy made by federal and state governments to help design and implement the "Affordable" Care Act, (it isn't affordable but it is an "act") it seems like ObamaCare is not the panacea it was touted to be. Specifically, Gruber's predictions, his magic wand decrees used by government agencies to make critical projections regarding ObamaCare, held up like a balsa wood glider in a tornado.

Obama can deny Gruber's role all he wants, but the fact is, the arrogant dweeb visited the White House on more than a dozen occasions, and knowing just how "cool" Barry is, I doubt it was to party with him and Jay Z. And Gruber got paid $400 thousand in small, unmarked bills for his efforts. Prior to that, the man who called the American voter "stupid," worked with Gov. Mitt Romney.

By the time ObamaCare became mandatory, eight states gave the slimeball's firm six-figure contracts to analyze data and create computer models. Vermont and North Carolina have since fired the socially misfit leftist after seeing the videos where he told a group of progressives (who believed he wasn't referring to them as they laughed) that the only reason ObamaCare could pass is due to the obtuse way in which it was written and crediting "the stupidity of the American voter" to help pass the law. 

The rocket scientist wannabe never realized that he was being taped. Now that is stupid.

But while saying his show of arrogance to the American voter was dumb, Gruber's predictions of outcome were even dumber. The conservative think tank Manhattan Institute, and other institutions, have doubts that Gruber's predictions would play out.

His prediction that premiums would go down is balderdash. "What we know for sure the bill will do is that it will lower the cost of buying non-group health insurance," Gruber told the Washington Post in 2009.

The genius was wrong--premiums rose on average 49%.  It seems Guru Gruber failed to consider important factors that would add "between 20 to 80 percent to the cost of premiums under reform," Wellpoint, another think tank, wrote.

The "Wheeze's" analysis made incorrect assumptions. Gruber assumed that everyone would qualify for subsidies, and when he spoke before the Senate in 2009, he said ObamaCare would guarantee "sizable premium savings for [the] young" and that a typical family with an income of $38,000 "would save, on average, $8550.

That, as you know, never happened. 

Gruber even screwed up when he helped design a universal health care law for Massachusetts (called "RomneyCare"). 

When RomneyCare was passed, Mitt said, "Jonathan Gruber at MIT devoted hours and hours to an essential econometric model."

But all those hours and hours were wasted because predictions were off. One prediction said it would cost, on average, $200, but it actually cost $380, almost double.

Gruber weaseled his way out of blame by saying, "You know, we are suggesting a more comprehensive policy than the governor had originally anticipated, I think, when he said $200."

The CATO Institute concluded: "Gains in coverage have been overstated by nearly 50 percent, while costs have been understated by at least one-third." 

It seems the only thing Gruber got right is refuting Obama's lie of "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan .  .  .  " I still don't believe that makes him any smarter than, say, Joe Biden.