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BOB SCHIEFFER: I was dumbstruck when I heard the comments that are surfacing from an economist named Jonathan Gruber, who was paid four hundred thousand dollars to help shape the President's health care plan. First, he allowed his health plan passed only because of a lack of transparency and this is a direct quote, "the stupidity of the American people." Then Friday our Nancy Cordes found a couple of other things he said going back to 2011.
Gruber went on to say, “Now, the problem is, it’s a political nightmare and people will say, “No, you can’t tax my benefits.” So what we did a lot in that room was talk about, well, how could we make this work? And Obama was like, “Well, you know”… I mean, he is really a realistic guy. He (Obama) is like, “Look, I can’t just do this.” He said, “It is just not going to happen politically. The bill will not pass. How do we manage to get there through phases and other things?” And we talked about it. And he was just very interested in that topic.”
Hoft point out that Gruber according to White House visitor logs on July 20, 2009, Gruber met with Obama in the West Wing and was there for almost four hours. “Obama was at the center of this deception. He specifically ordered Gruber and other “healthcare experts” to find ways to game the CBO numbers so that the bill would pass, “Hoft said. “In his gleeful showboating over passing the bill, Jonathan Gruber has clearly identified President Obama as the source of the lie behind the Cadillac Tax. The story is no longer about Jonathan Gruber. It’s about the deliberate lie the President used to pass this monstrosity of a healthcare law.”
Hoft point out that Gruber according to White House visitor logs on July 20, 2009, Gruber met with Obama in the West Wing and was there for almost four hours.