OBAMACARE ARCHITECT: ACA Opponents Haven’t Been Hurt by Law


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(Breitbart) On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” MIT Economics Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber argued, “The people who oppose the law are people who haven’t benefited from the law, but haven’t been hurt from the law. They’ve just heard, I — in my view, they’ve heard a lot of bad misinformation about it.”

Gruber stated that polls on Obamacare have had a lot of movement, so it’s hard to tell where the public is. He added, “I think they [people who disapprove of the law] feel that way because there’s been a lot of misinformation about what the law’s done. I think, here’s a simple example, Tucker. Everyone agrees that Obamacare has increased insurance coverage America, but if you ask Americans what Obamacare has done to insurance coverage, almost as many claim that it’s declined as have gone up. I think that’s a prime example of the misinformation that’s been spread. I think Americans just don’t understand what this law has done for them.”

He added that his prior comments about the economic stupidity of Americans was “inartful” and that he apologized for it. He added that there has been “a huge amount of misinformation spread about this law. People don’t understand what it’s done. Let’s just take the two facts you gave in the introduction. You said 20% of America only has one choice. That is for the small share of Americans who buy insurance on the exchange. That’s not the vast majority of your listeners, who get insurance through their employer. You didn’t say that. You said that premiums are up 25%. … You’ve didn’t mention they’ve been up 0% the two years before, and on average, over the last three years, have grown slower than they grew before the law was passed. So, it’s really about just sort of a misexplanation of what the law has done.”…

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