How is this clown not laughed out of the building?
Obamacare architect and Massachusetts Health Connector board member Jonathan Gruber — the MIT prof now under fire for bragging about using a “lack of transparency” to get around voter “stupidity” — yesterday implored insurance buyers to “give us another chance” when the state’s costly, problem-plagued Connector website is relaunched tomorrow.
“We didn’t do a great job last year. Give us another chance,” Gruber said when reporters followed him out of yesterday’s Connector meeting.
The new site — which Connector officials insist is faster and will actually let people sign up for insurance — has been estimated to cost at least $120 million to build, with critics pegging the dis-aster’s bottom line, with temporary insurance and other costs, at roughly $1 billion.
When asked how he hopes to overcome cynicism about the original Connector site — an underpowered, overburdened site that was never more than marginally functional after it launched in October 2013 — Gruber said, “You do massive outreach, you explain to people it’s a complicated process. … You have a call center that’s fully staffed, and you hope that people reach out and do it.”
But Gruber repeatedly said, “No comment!” when asked about his videotaped remarks at academic conferences, now providing Republicans with ammo for a new attack on Obamacare — a controversy dubbed #GruberGate on Twitter. The Internet firestorm was sparked this week when a video surfaced of Gruber saying he and others who drafted the Obamacare law counted on the “stupidity of the American voter” to get it passed.
Oh, it’s only providing Republicans with ammo? OK. So Democrats enjoy being called stupid, we can assume.