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Dr. Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist and Affordable Care Act consultant who became infamous for dubbing the American electorate as “stupid” and bragging that “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” [with regards to the ACA becoming law], appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday.
Gruber’s written testimony included this statement: “I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely for the offending comments that I made. In some cases I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform. I am not an expert on politics and my tone implied that I was, which is wrong. In other cases I simply made insulting and mean comments that are totally uncalled for in any situation.”
Despite the groveling mea culpa, Gruber’s controversial comments, discovered on video by citizen journalist Rich Weinstein, were also scrutinized by committee member Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, R-MI-11. Bentivolio is a reindeer rancher who impersonates Santa Claus during the Christmas season; he wasn’t in the mood to be jovial with the New England economist.
At one point, Bentivolio’s exchange with Gruber went like this:
Bentivolio: “You did not apologize for helping the Administration deceive the American people on this health care act. Or for telling America the truth, in your video comments, about how it was a fraud upon the American people. Is that correct, sir?
Gruber: “I think the Affordable Care Act was passed in a highly transparent fashion with hundreds of hours of debate.”
Bentivolio: “But every single thing they promised was a lie. How can you call that transparent?”
Top Image: YouTube screenshot
Small image: Washington Times
Tags: ACA, Jonathan Gruber, Kerry Bentivolio, obamacare
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