Jonathan Gruber Testifies On Capitol Hill, Apologizes For 'Stupidity Of American Voter' Comment

| by Edward Arnold

After receiving heavy backlash from comments about Obamacare and the American voter, Jonathan Gruber testified before Congress and apologized for his comments.

“I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely for the offending comments that I made," he said. "In some cases I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform.”

Gruber testified today before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for a hearing examining Obamacare's transparency failures.

“Let me be very clear: I do not think that the Affordable Care Act was passed in a non-transparent fashion,” he noted. 

During the hearing, many Congress members took the opportunity to question and criticize his political motives.

Gruber acknowledged: “I am not an elected official, nor am I a political adviser. I am an economist who ran a complex microsimulation model to help democractic and republican politicians and their advisers understand the impact that their policies would have on the health care system.”

Additionally, many congressmen noted how confused and frustrated their constituencies were with Gruber and his comments.

Gruber apologized, saying: “I behaved badly, and I will have to live with that, but my own inexcusable arrogance is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act. I hope that our country can move past the distraction of my misguided comments and focus on the enormous opportunities this law provides.”

Source: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Photo Credit: Poor Richard News