The Affordable Care Act legislation expressly limits taxpayer subsidies to pay for the government designed health insurance to “exchange[s] established by the State.” However, when half of the states refused to follow orders and set up government health insurance exchanges, the Obama IRS lawlessly decreed that Congress also meant for subsidies to go to federal exchanges.
This week, the Federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia disagreed and held that “exchange[s] established by the State” means “exchange[s] established by the State” and the Obama IRS may not continue to pay subsidies to the federal exchanges.
Progressives and socialist politicos and academics exploded in fury at the “Republican judges” who dared enforce the law and deny millions the benefits of Obamacare subsidies. Among those was MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber. Gruber designed the Massachusetts health insurance system. Later, Team Obama paid him nearly $400K to help design Obamacare. After the Democrats imposed Obamacare, states and tech organizations would then pay him to help design the government exchanges.
This week, Gruber joined the chorus on the left to argued that the express command in the ACA legislation that taxpayer subsidies are expressly limited to “exchange[s] established by the State” was instead “unambiguously a typo.”
However, back in 2012 when he was advising a tech company about implementing Obamacare, Gruber gave a completely different account:
What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.
From Barack Obama promising that we could keep our insurance and our doctors, while saving $2,500 a year, to sell his socialist health insurance plan to the current arguments that their plan to coerce states into building government exchanges was actually a typo, Obamacare has been one never ending lie from start to finish.
UPDATE: After Jonathan Gruber claimed that his remarks on video above were simply a mistake, the audio below of Jonathan Gruber’s prepared remarks on January 10, 2012 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco was posted on Youtube: