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November 13, 2013 - 8:46 am

Jonthan Gruber, architect of Obamacare, appeared on MSNBC this morning and offered the clearest statement yet that the scheme he constructed was intended to hurt some Americans in order to help others. Watch the video here:

“We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick, if you are going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance,” Gruber told host Chuck Todd. “The only way to end that discriminatory system is to bring everyone into the system and pay one fair price. That means that the genetic winners, the lottery winners, who’ve been paying their artificially low price because of this discrimination, now will have to pay more in return. And that, by my estimate is about 4 million people. In return, we’ll have a fixed system where over 30 million people will now, for the first time, be able to access fairly priced and guaranteed health insurance.” Emphases added.

This is monstrous. Gruber admits that “If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare” was a lie from the start. They never even intended to keep this promise, as doing so would destroy their scheme. The system Gruber describes is the intentional demolition of the private insurance industry, which bases prices on risk. He is also defining “discrimination” so far that given the chance, he would abolish capitalism and private property ownership itself.

There’s a word for Mr. Gruber’s political and economic philosophy…

More: The more I turn Gruber’s admission over in my mind, the worse it sounds. If you follow his logic, he is advocating for full-bore price controls, across the board, mandated by the federal government. He’s starting with health insurance, but it won’t stop there. In the name of “fairness,” Gruber and Obama would take hammer and tongs to the US economy and destroy it entirely.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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“We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick, if you are going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance,” Gruber told host Chuck Todd.

And what's wrong with this kind of discrimination? Shouldn't people who do everything in their power to stay healthy be rewarded with better coverage and lower premiums? Why not apply the logic above to other forms of insurance? Wait! They did: In auto insurance, people who had pre-existing conditions to risky to insure could still get coverage in the residual market without negatively impacting the market for everyone else.

Oh, but we can't have that. Discrimination, bad, bad, bad! So Obamacare has to blow up everything and punish healthy people under the false pretense of helping the sick. I'm glad everything is so much better with Obamacare.
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You have to break some eggs to make an omelet.
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I'm shocked that you're shocked at Gruber's admission. This was always the intention behind this boondoggle and it was really no secret, not if one read between the lines. Of course the ACA was designed to get the middle-class to go into the exchanges to subsidize the needy and sickly. These are lefties, for heaven's sake, what else would anyone expect from them?
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This argument is not new, in fact it has been said famously before,
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."
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So: ALL forms of success are to be punished, penalized, and denigrated. Economic success, creative success, and now being successful in staying healthy.

What's the good of even trying, except, maybe, in the shadows?
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Not hammer and tongs...hammer and sickle
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I just read CNN's latest Obamacare story. It says Congressional Democrats are "getting impatient" with Obamacare's problems and Obama's attempts to "fix" them. That's a weird way of looking at it.

Congressional Democrats wrote the ACA, they voted for the ACA, they passed the ACA. Obama helped push it through, that's it. If Congress wants Obamacare fixed, they're the ones who will have to fix it.

So I don't understand CNN's article. Are the Dems deluded? Are they distancing themselves from Obama? From the ACA? Is CNN just full of it (always a possibility)?
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“We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick, if you are going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance,” Gruber told host Chuck Todd.

And what's wrong with this kind of discrimination? Shouldn't people who do everything in their power to stay healthy be rewarded with better coverage and lower premiums? Why not apply the logic above to other forms of insurance? Wait! They did: In auto insurance, people who had pre-existing conditions to risky to insure could still get coverage in the residual market without negatively impacting the market for everyone else.

Oh, but we can't have that. Discrimination, bad, bad, bad! So Obamacare has to blow up everything and punish healthy people under the false pretense of helping the sick. I'm glad everything is so much better with Obamacare.
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You didn't say it, but we all know it - Socialism.

What's really interesting is his use of the phrase "artificially low price". The market set the price, so how can it be artificially low? When the government sets a price, that's artificial.

Later, he says "...access fairly priced and guaranteed health insurance."

Who determined what was fair? Guaranteed anything is intrinsically unfair. It's unfair to the person who is forced to provide it (force means it's unfair) and it's unfair to the person who hasn't earned it to receive it (not earning what you receive is unfair).

I'm not sure if this guy understands the English language.
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"“We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick, if you are going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance,” Gruber told host Chuck Todd. “The only way to end that discriminatory system is to bring everyone into the system and pay one fair price. That means that the genetic winners, the lottery winners, who’ve been paying their artificially low price because of this discrimination, now will have to pay more in return.

Yeah, Mr. Gruber, smoking, doing drugs, drinking excessively, being sexually promiscuous, eating double cheeseburgers every day does tend to make one lose the "genetic & health lottery". So, by golly, all you people who haven't done these things & stayed healthy must PAY THROUGH THE NOSE.

"This is monstrous." No, it's criminal.

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