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“I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill. And so, with all due respect to your question, you have a person who wasn’t writing our bill, commenting on what was going on when we were writing the bill who has withdrawn – withdrawn some of the statements that he made,” the House Minority Leader said during a press conference Thursday. “So let’s put him aside,” she added.
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: snarky412
Well, she never did vote for it, and has never heard of Obama.
In other news, unicorns have been found in Pelosi's office.
originally posted by: madmac5150
Even her reptilian masters say "damn, she ugly"
All kidding aside, Pelosi is like every other political "lifer"... (Left or Right)... so many lies, it's tough to keep 'em all straight...
Elizabeth Fowler, a former staff member for Senator Max Baucus of Montana and a chief architect of the Affordable Care Act
But while conservatives are all but labeling him the giver of Obamacare in their effort to wring political points out of his statements, Gruber wasn’t the first to suggest such central components as the law’s exchanges, mandates, insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion.
And, the law’s proponents point out, he was more of a scorekeeper than an actual creator of the law.
“Was he in the administration, was he in the Congress, did he draft provisions of the law?” said Chris Jennings, a health care consultant and former White House aide on health policy. “The answer to all those questions is no, so just by definition he was not the architect of the law. He wasn’t a member [of Congress], he wasn’t an elected leader, he wasn’t [a] staff member to those members, he was not a political or career appointee to the administration. He was a private consultant.”
Gruber hasn’t tried to tamp down the impression that he was one of the law’s primary influencers. He’s described as “one of its principle architects” by the speaker’s bureau LeighBureau that represents him. His MIT biography calls him a “key architect” of the Massachusetts health reform law and says he helped “craft” the federal law. Numerous articles have used the term architect to describe him.
hen the legislation that became known as "Obamacare" was first drafted, the key legislator was the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, whose committee took the lead in drafting the legislation. As Baucus himself repeatedly boasted, the architect of that legislation was Elizabeth Folwer, his chief health policy counsel; indeed, as Marcy Wheeler discovered, it was Fowler who actually drafted it. As Politico put it at the time: "If you drew an organizational chart of major players in the Senate health care negotiations, Fowler would be the chief operating officer."
What was most amazing about all of that was that, before joining Baucus' office as the point person for the health care bill, Fowler was the Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs (i.e. informal lobbying) at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurance provider (before going to WellPoint, as well as after, Fowler had worked as Baucus' top health care aide). And when that health care bill was drafted, the person whom Fowler replaced as chief health counsel in Baucus' office, Michelle Easton, was lobbying for WellPoint as a principal at Tarplin, Downs, and Young.
]So, in truth, Gruber was the key player in Romney care but one of dozens of consultants used in drafting the ACA.