With more than a half-dozen videos surfacing in which MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber bragged about fooling the public about Obamacare, today he faces the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The hearing begins at 9:30 AM ET on C-SPAN 3.
Many have characterized his remarks about the purposeful lack of transparency and the “stupidity of the American voter” as gaffes. His remarks may prove to be a fatal blunder that exposes just how bad the law is and may ultimately cause the damn thing to unravel. It has most assuredly raised the public’s suspicions about the law and generated a palpable anger over the arrogance of this Administration.
Gruber is political poison.
Democrats have distanced themselves from Gruber since the release of the videos. The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer referred to him as “some adviser who never worked on our staff” who “expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with,” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was House speaker when the ACA passed, said she didn’t know who he was, despite having praised his work in 2009.
Jim Esquea, assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, wrote a letter begging to have Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner seated separately from Gruber. Esquea is scared silly that photographs taken of the two seated together would be a public relations nightmare for the regime. O RLY?
Gruber, the self-described “ivory tower guy” had laid low since the videos became a flashpoint claiming, “Anything I say will just feed the haters.”
The Daily Caller is reporting that Tea Party Patriots will be handing out 250 t-shirts with Gruber’s likeness with the words “I’m With Stupid” to remind everyone why he will be at the hearing.
Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin told The Daily Caller, “With all that’s going on in the Capitol, we didn’t want Mr. Gruber’s curtain call to go unnoticed. We commemorated his appearance, and in the spirit of the Season, we’d like to offer the Obamacare architect a dozen. He can use them as stocking stuffers for the economically unsophisticated.”
Is 9:30 in the morning too early for popcorn?