After videos surfaced of MIT professor and White House health-care consultant Jonathan Gruber’s comments that the Affordable Care Act passed because of the “stupidity” of the American people, Democrats have scrambled to create distance from him. The Washington Post,
Nancy Pelosi: “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.”
Translation: OK, technically I do know who he is, and I’ve even cited his work. But we’re not buddies. Also, while he was paid $400,000 to consult the White House on the law and played a significant role, he didn’t technically write the bill.
President Obama: “The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters is not a reflection on the actual process that was run.”
Translation: Gruber was an outside consultant, not a staffer.
David Axelrod: “As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: If you looked up ‘stupid’ in dictionary, you’d find Gruber’s picture.”
Translation: I’m the high-ranking former White House aide who doesn’t work there anymore, so I can say stuff like this. So here it is: Get lost, Gruber.