Obamacare adviser and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber apologized for his “glib” remarks on the “stupidity of the American voter” when he appeared before a House Oversight Panel. The AP,
Gruber said his comments were uninformed, “glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting.” He said passage of the health law was transparent and heavily debated in public, despite his earlier comments. Gruber said he was not the “architect” of the law, and apologized for “inexcusable arrogance.” …
But Republican Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California called Gruber a crucial player in the legislation as he opened a hearing into what he calls “Obamacare.”
The hearing came as prominent Democrats debate the wisdom of devoting much of 2009 – Obama’s first year as president – to the bruising battle for the health care legislation, which finally passed without a single Republican vote. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is among those Democrats now criticizing the timing. Top liberals are defending Obama, creating new divisions among Democrats right after major losses in this year’s elections.