Nov
15
2014

A reminder: Jon Gruber was used to attack Romney for Romneycare.

John Dickerson of Slate drills down on why Jon Gruber is such an awkward ally for the Obama administration, and hits the nerve:

Before he was causing problems for the Obama administration, the Obama team was using Gruber to unsettle Mitt Romney. In the 2012 campaign, Obama’s camp was claiming that the Massachusetts health care plan was the intellectual model for Obamacare, just as Romney was trying to disavow it. Gruber was essential to this case. In a video produced by the Obama campaign celebrating the anniversary of “Romneycare,” Gruber says, “I helped Gov. Romney develop his health care reform or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law.” The spot includes old footage of Romney thanking Gruber for his work on the Massachusetts health bill. “The core of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and what we did in Massachusetts are identical,” Gruber says. The MIT professor was such an important part of the creation of Obamacare that his association with Romney’s effort proved the link between the two programs. If that involvement in Obamacare was sufficient to condemn Romney in 2012, it’s sufficient enough for Republicans to raise it now over Gruber’s claims about the Affordable Care Act. What’s Gruber for the goose, is Gruber for the gander.

…First off: groan.  Second: yes, this is correct – and it shows the problem with obsessively focusing on elections rather than the job.  The Obama administration probably did not have to connect up Romney with Obamacare: goodness knows that the Right knew about that, going in.  Once Mitt Romney had cemented the nomination* we were all scheduled to go campaign for the man anyway, smiling grimly all the while: it was probably overkill to bring ‘Romneycare’ up at all.  It’s certainly not helpful for the administration now, given that even Slate can’t let itself ignore the links between Barack Obama and Jon Gruber.

Moving on: …well, just my usual admonition: this is the 21st century, everything that you say or do is probably going to end up being recorded somewhere, so you might as well own it.  Because if you don’t, you have to sit there and woodenly lie about how all those things that you or somebody else said, lo those many years (or days) ago, were actually not what you meant.  And nobody will really believe you anyway.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Free advice to Establishment Republicans: participate less in the next primary.  Your existing networks distort the process and annoy the conservative base.  Free advice to conservative base: don’t pick seven or eight different candidates and rotate them as being the latest ‘anti-Establishment Republican pick.’ That makes it really easy for the Establishment Republican pick to get the nomination. Free advice to candidates: don’t run unless you can win.  If you’re running to ‘get your message out to the American people,’ take that money you’ve raised and go buy a major magazine or newspaper instead.  Those we could use.

3 Comments

  • AndaO says:

    Hey Moe- wanted to bring this to your attention.

    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has billed federal and state governments at least $5.9 million for advice, as more videos surface showing him undercutting the landmark law
    MIT economist got $392,600 from the Dept of Health and Human Services for his Obamacare consulting
    National Institutes of Health paid him $2 million for Medicare consulting
    Justice Department has added $1.7 million for expert witness testimony
    Four US states combined to pay him another $1.6 million for advice about health care laws, and contracts for four more states were unavailable
    If those states followed suit, Gruber’s haul would exceed $7.5 million
    Gruber has become a thorn in Democrats’ sides since videos emerged of him candidly discussing how the Obama White House misled Americans to pass the Obamacare law
    By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
    PUBLISHED: 18:49 EST, 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 19:50 EST, 14 November 2014

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2835384/Obamacare-architect-Jonathan-Gruber-billed-federal-state-governments-5-9-million-advice-videos-surface-showing-undercutting-landmark-law.html#ixzz3JBYtVGac
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  • BigGator5 says:

    I like that Slate article. Shorter Version: A double edged sword cuts both ways. Ouch.

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