Stupidity, Lies, and Videotape

The following is reproduced from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

The Sunbeam Times will be working to broaden our perspective after a year of concentrated effort to stop the “Greenlight Pinellas” transit tax (with a 62% no vote victory!).  We will continue to offer original analysis and writing on issues affecting the Tampa Bay Community after a short breather. For now, enjoy some outstanding work from others.

Stupidity, Lies, and Videotape
By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JDLies and promises have been a staple of politics since its inception. As Plato observed, “propaganda, that is, ‘enticing people into a change of opinion by promises of pleasure’ and deceit always go together.”ObamaCare’s empty promises have become not-so-funny household jokes: health law negotiations would be live on C-SPAN, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, the law will not add a single dime to the deficits, the average family will save $2,500 on their premiums, and on and on and on. Now the deceit has been exposed.

My heartfelt thanks go to Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., MIT economics professor and a developer of the Affordable Care Act for speaking the ugly truth. The miracle of the internet has provided undeniable proof that the ACA was a scam perpetrated on the American public. Gruber’s speeches in various venues confirm what many of us already knew: the ACA is a flawed, unreadable, misleading bill that garnered support based on propaganda and clever but false talking points.

Gruber’s Washington University of St. Louis lecture on October 4, 2013 to college students was a real eye-opener. In discussing how subsidies were critical to the success of health reform, Gruber revealed, “the dirty secret” that RomneyCare was paid for by the federal government to the tune of $450 million a year. Since there was no other government coffer to tap to finance the ACA’s subsidies, multiple taxes are included in the law to generate revenue.

There is no question that we need a discussion and reform of inconsistencies in the tax code regarding employer versus individual payment of health insurance premiums. However, Gruber settled on imposing a 40 percent tax on high benefit Cadillac health plans. Why? Because “Americans are too stupid to understand the difference” between a tax break and a tax.

Gruber crystalized his jaded views during a panel discussion at the Annual Health Economics Conference at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics on October 17, 2013 Gruber said,

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies… In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”

Speaking at the University of Rhode Island on November 1, 2012, Gruber proudly said, “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.” Gruber’s comments are reminiscent of another arrogant bully, Adolph Hitler: “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small.”

And then the denials from the White House and the pro-ACA folks came in. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said, “I don’t know who he is; he didn’t help write our bill.” However on November 5, 2009, she publically referred to Gruber’s expertise while claiming the ACA would insure 36 million people and would bring down insurance rates.

President Obama dodged the question of whether he had met with Gruber by saying that Gruber was “some advisor who never worked on our staff.” His advice came with a $400,000 price tag. In a June 13, 2012 PBS Frontline interview Gruber said, “I then worked with the Obama administration and Congress to help develop the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. . . The next time I see him [Obama] is summer 2009… We had a meeting in the Oval Office with several experts.” At the Washington University lecture, Gruber unambiguously stated, “I helped write the law.”

In Washington, D.C. truth has become a veritable unicorn. Brazen disrespect by elitist know-it-alls has become the norm. Let your congresspersons know you are not stupid. Ask them to repeal the ACA and support strategies that focus on patient choice and transparency of costs.

Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD is a board-certified anesthesiologist and sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Despite being told, “they don’t take Negroes at Stanford”, she graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. Dr. Singleton completed 2 years of Surgery residency at UCSF, then her Anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. She was an instructor, then Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to California for private practice. While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional law and administrative law. She interned at the National Health Law Project and practiced insurance and health law. She teaches classes in the recognition of elder abuse and constitutional law for non-lawyers. Dr. Singleton recently returned from El Salvador where she conducted make-shift medical clinics in two rural villages.


4 Replies:

  1. Gary West

    Daily I cruise the Tampa Bay Times seeking news concerning Jonathan Gruber and the lies told to dupe the public into believing Obamacare was the gold that paved the road to socialist heaven. Funnily I find nothing. One then must surmise that Gruber’s verbal spitting on voters isn’t work noting in print.
    “Deception from Inception” The motto of ObamaCare.

    1. Barb Haselden

      Thank You David for your steadfast commitment to helping with the defeat of Greenlight! You made amazing contributions and your work cannot be underestimated. While others talk, you do.

  2. Adelle Blackman

    Thanks David for bringing truth. Now if the Congress would do the right thing that would be great, but I won’t hold my breath. The ONLY person that ever made any difference in Congress was Newt Gingrich and the party trashed him after he made record breaking history of getting 9 out of 10 things done in Contract with America. We could have had him there again as president and watch as he dismantled all the corrupt laws passed…but NO ..the party tossed him aside and so we lost. The Republican does not learn from history and repeats again and again not standing up for anything. All they do is hold back the tide for awhile until the uneducated voters kick them aside for someone who lies that they will. What is the difference? We need a change, a BIG change.
    The Libertarian party is our only answer …when the people have finally come to their senses.

  3. C. Burt Linthicum, CPA

    The deception was completed with the majority ruling by the U.S. Stupreme Court that the 2,700-page (Orwellian-named) Patient Protection and “Affordable” Care Act (“CONgressCare”) is constitutional, since it is a tax.

    Those of us who have read our founding documents immediately recognize that such a tax would obviously represent another direct federal tax on individual citizens without apportionment in proportion to the census, which is prohibited by Article 1, Section 9, “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.” The framers intent clearly was to prohibit the federal government’s current practice of directly taxing the citizens of the several states, then puppeteering the state legislatures with “federal money” robbed from their own citizens.

    The black robed statists also seem to have forgotten the provision in Article 1, Section 7, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives…” Those paying attention know the CONgressCare bill originated in the U.S. Senate, not the House.

    Such contradictions become apparent when judges attempt to justify wringing new meanings out of our founding documents and laws, rather than, as counseled by Thomas Jefferson, “On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

    Since it is improbable that a supposedly strict constructionist as Chief Justice Roberts would be so ignorant of the constitution he is sworn to uphold, I can only surmise that the NSA spies have some serious “dirt” on him. This, in turn, is what happens when the court allows other obvious usurpations such as the (also Orwellian-named) “Patriot” Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

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