Politics

Jonathan Gruber's Comments Spark National Debate

| by Edward Arnold

Jonathan Gruber, an economist at MIT and Obamacare advisor, has been the source of recent debate regarding the Affordable Care Act.

His comments, explaining that there was a “lack of transparency” with the public when drafting the bill and that it was the “stupidity of the American voter” that passed it, have understandably sparked debate.

Gruber was paid $400,000 to help design the President’s bill. CBS News' Bob Schieffer questioned Gruber’s motives in light of his comments, asking: “If all of this is as bad as you say, why did you take the money you earned as an adviser nor is it too late to give it back? What we have here is another example of the sorry state of American politics where people take money for things in which they don't believe and whether it's good for the American people is not even a question."

Gruber’s comments have sparked nationwide debate about the Affordable Care Act and its true purpose.

Many comments have been made against liberals and Obamacare, citing these comments as proof. The Washington Examiner explains that “the comments are just the latest reminder of how the law was built on a foundation of lies” and that “at the end of the day, liberals not only believe that they’re smarter than the public, but that they have a better sense of what’s good for the people than Americans themselves.”

Others, such as the NYTimes, are not as concerned. In an op/ed, the Times editorial board argues there was no lack of transparency due to the amount of public hearings the House and Senate produced on this issue. It also explains that Gruber’s role was limited and that “his comments should not be taken as evidence that the reform law was hatched in secrecy and foisted on the American public.”

Regardless of how Gruber’s comments make people feel about Washington, politics or even healthcare, the law is in effect. New Republic says that more people have health insurance, overall healthcare costs are rising at historically low rates, and the net effect of the bill is reducing the deficit.