Obamacare truth revealed by author

E conomist Jonathan Gruber, who helped write the Affordable Care Act – known by most as Obamacare – has admitted Americans were deceived about the measure.

Speaking during a conference about health care economics, Gruber said this of Obamacare:

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

Later, he added, “If you had a law that made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed.”

Gruber made the statements during an event in October 2013. A videotape of his comments surfaced just days ago. No wonder it was kept under wraps for so long.

Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who was one of the chief architects of Obamacare, certainly should know about the law.

Coming on the heels of numerous shocks about the law – for the American people, not those such as Gruber who knew full well what they were foisting upon the nation – the video is no surprise. President Barack Obama, who lied over and over again about the law (“If you like your doctor …”), certainly knew what he was doing.

So it comes down to the liberals relying “on the stupidity of the American voter.” Any more questions about whether Obamacare should be repealed and real health care reform substituted for it?

Earlier this year, a major, disgraceful scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs made headlines. At VA hospitals throughout the country, veterans were being placed on waiting lists for intolerable periods of time. Other examples of shoddy care were reported.

Lasrt week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald vowed a complete restructuring of the agency. He added that as many as 1,000 VA employees will be fired or otherwise disciplined because of lapses uncovered by investigators.

Good. VA bureaucrats who intentionally let down veterans should be fired. Those remaining in the agency should be put on notice that if similar outrages occur again, they, too, will be unemployed.

Members of Congress should wait a few months, then check up on McDonald. If he is not enforcing reforms with an iron hand, he, too, should be shown the door. Our veterans are owed more than promises of performance.