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Monday, July 8, 2024
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

Democrats deny Obamacare savior three times

Before the cock crowed twice, disciples of Jonathan Gruber deny knowing him three times in response to Republican accusations.

In 2009, political consultant Jonathan Gruber saved the Affordable Care Act using his Microsimulation Model to trick the Congressional Budget Office into scoring the controversial legislation favorably. Under White House supervision he also added provisions to kill the tax deduction for employer-based health insurance. After working with the White House to outline the bill’s objectives, the White House “lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.”

But recently, YouTubing his speeches, Republicans, with a great multitude of words and ravings betrayed this architect—whom they had once loved, in Massachusetts—and frightened the Democrats into abandoning Gruber and fleeing from his analyses.

President Obama, who once described Gruber as someone who “worked closely with the Obama administration” on the bill who he has “stolen ideas from liberally” in response to questions from Republicans stated that Gruber was “some advisor who never worked on our staff”.

And when he said this, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) praised Gruber on the Senate floor as “one of the most respected economists in the world”.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who called him a “noted MIT health care economist” and cited him extensively in support of the bill, said “I don’t know who he is and he didn’t help write our bill.”

And as President Obama and Representative Pelosi were in their press conferences, a Republican said to them, surely, you knew Gruber, you paid him millions in consulting fees and your speech praised him liberally thereto. But the President and the Minority Leader began to curse, swearing up and down that they did not “know this man of whom you speak.”

And when she said this, Senator Reid told the President that in the face of the Republican takeover of the Senate, he would not be voting to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. When journalists asked if Senator Reid was being perhaps a bit of a dick, the President agreed with them.

And realizing that the Senator had crowed twice, Obama called to mind the analyses that Gruber had given unto him, and when he thought thereon, he wept.

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