Republicans Were In Favor Of Jonathan Gruber's Health Plan Before They Were Against It

In their quest to make Obamacare/Romneycare adviser Jonathan Gruber the most hated Gruber to never blow up the Nakatomi Building, conservatives have exposed a truth they keep on hoping everyone will forget.
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In their quest to make Obamacare/Romneycare adviser Jonathan Gruber the most hated Gruber to never blow up the Nakatomi Building, conservatives have exposed a truth they keep on hoping everyone will forget.
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In their quest to make Obamacare/Romneycare economic adviser Jonathan Gruber the most hated Gruber to never blow up the Nakatomi Building, conservatives have exposed a truth they keep on hoping everyone will forget. At Tuesday's White House briefing, in fact, Gruber was the subject of several questions attempting to tar the Affordable Care Act by association.

In wingnut-land Gruber is a huge deal, not because he gave the Supreme Court its only meager leg to stand on in deciding whether to invalidate Obamacare subsidies, but because he apparently spends his other waking hours making snotty remarks about how stupid voters are. Gruber is, in the wingnut imagination, so toxic that he damages even people who have nothing to do with him, but whom he has said something nice about. According to FoxNews.com, the latest Gruber video to surface demonstrates that "Not Even Hillary Escapes Gruber."

This must be serious. What happened, did Hillary call Gruber "Whitey" or something? No, it's even worse: Gruber "loved" Hillary's health care plan, the one from the 2008 presidential campaign. I'll give you a minute to collect yourself before you listen to why:

"The Hillary Clinton plan was Obama's plan, plus a mandate, and I think it was a better plan."

(Needle-scratching sound effect) Wait, what? Socialist communist usurping Kenyan Obama's plan didn't have an individual mandate? That "tax" (wink, wink) that the American people were too stupid to figure out wasn't even NOBama's idea? What the hell is this guy smoking?

Well, actually, then-Senator Obama not only didn't have a mandate for coverage in the health care plan he ran for president on in 2008, he actually went around mocking the idea of an individual mandate, and even suggested it was a giveaway to insurance companies:

Yeah, why don't we just mandate that everyone buy a house, and while we're at it, let's just mandate that if that house catches on fire, someone has to come put it out?

Obama was answering his own question about affordability, which would be achieved by the subsidies that the Supreme Court may now take away. In fact, in that same October, 2008 lecture, Gruber made that point too, in a clip that conservatives have somehow missed:

"It introduces subsidies for low-income people. He hasn't specified what they'd be, nor should he. It's a presidential campaign, you don't give details."

At the time, I also liked Hillary's plan better, because Gruber is right: You can't cover preexisting conditions without it, but also like Gruber, I was pretty sure Obama was arguing against the mandate to keep his plan politically viable.

So, great, it was that you-know-what Hillary Clinton who thought up that individual mandate idea, right? Mitt Romney must have stolen it from her in the 1990s, or something.

Close, as they say, but no cigar. Here's Romney confronting the other 1990s political figure he stole the individual mandate from, and that same figure voicing support for (gasp!) subsidies to go along with it:

I know you saw that coming, but isn't it more fun to watch it?

Jonathan Gruber is the Telltale Heart of Republican obstructionism, reminding everyone that they've been in a deranged frenzy for five years over an idea that they thought up, and that they only started hating when Obama liked it.

For whatever reason.