Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, was called to testify before the House Oversight Committee, and he decided to attend. (Which was surprising because he was not being compelled to testify.) However, after a few minutes, Gruber may have been regretting his decision to attend.
Today he faced the full fury of Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who asked pointed and direct questions of Gruber pertaining to the remarks he made about Democrats misleading the American people about Obamacare. Gruber was agile enough to avoid answering any questions directly – even avoiding saying that what he said in the videos was wrong.
“The pervasiveness of your quotes is so much that it has to be more than that. It has to be more than an episodic mistake that you made. What did you mean when you said you wish that you had been able to be transparent, but you’d rather have the law than not?”
How bad did things go for Gruber? Even the ranking Democrat on the committee, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), turned on him.
Rep. Thomas Massie also held Mr. Gruber’s feet to the fire in spectacular fashion.
Today I asked Professor Jonathan Gruber about the ethics of lying to people for their own good, and his 1997 study that concluded that increasing the number of abortions in poor communities would save the government money and improve circumstances for the rest of us still living.