RUSH: I tell you, folks, I think it’s great. No matter where you go in the Drive-By Media now, you know what they’re all saying? I mean, CNN, they’re acting excited as they would be as if they found the airplane. Everybody’s talking about how the Drive-By Media did not report any of the Gruber tapes for all those days. They’ve all just stumbled across that. Isn’t that interesting how that happens?
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There’s another Gruber tape, and not only is there another Gruber tape, there is now evidence from no less than PBS Frontline that Gruber discussed the Cadillac Tax scam with Obama in the Oval Office. So we have Pelosi out there saying (imitating Pelosi), “I don’t know, I never heard of this guy, who he is, but I know he’s changing his mind about this. He said this stuff a year ago.” And now we find out that Gruber explained the Cadillac Tax and was giving Ted Kennedy all kinds of credit for another scam, how to get the states to end up paying federal benefits.
It just keeps coming. And now you know what it’s time for? Now it’s time for the Obama playbook to kick in with the Limbaugh Theorem. He is angry. The next predictable phase has happened. I’ve got this from the Weekly Standard: “The White House is incensed, mad enough to spit, and angry as a mashed cat at Jonathan Gruber for saying that the Affordable Care Act had to be sold to the ‘stupid’ electorate by deceptive means.
Right on schedule, right out of the Democrat playbook or the Obama playbook, now at this point in the crisis, Obama must declare that he is just as mad and upset as anybody else is, and he didn’t know about any of this. He saw it in the news like everybody else did, and he’s outraged. He is fit to be tied. And that is exactly what’s happening. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is on schedule, the Limbaugh Theorem.
The Limbaugh Theorem, again, just to review briefly, explains how year after year, for a total of six years, that Obama was never held accountable for any of the mess that he created. Every one of his policies implemented has been destructive to the country. And yet, as far as the Drive-By voters were concerned or the low-information voters were concerned, they didn’t blame him. And the reason they didn’t blame him is because he made it appear that he was never governing. He was always outside Washington. He was always doing campaign appearances. He’s railing about how bad the job market is, and he’s blaming all these powerful forces that are opposing him everywhere, usually the Republicans, and he’s working really hard.
So right on schedule, the White House is mad, mad enough to spit. They’re angry as hell at what Jonathan Gruber did, as though they had no idea. They just found out reading the news. They’re fit to be tied. Obama’s demanding scalps. Well, heads. Scalps, Redskins, can’t have that. Right on schedule. I just love this. I love being able to predict these people. When they do things, I love being able to come to you and say, “See, see? Told you. Told you. This is how they operate.”
And once again, Obama, true to form, acting like he had no idea, and everybody in the Regime, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, no idea. (imitating Regime) “No idea who this Gruber guy is. He’s embarrassed us. This is unacceptable. This didn’t happen. This is outrageous. We don’t know who this guy is. We don’t know what he’s talking about, but it doesn’t represent us.” When, in fact, Gruber was only doing Obama’s bidding from the get-go. All of this is Obama. It’s called Obamacare. Every aspect of this is Obama. Obama signs off on it. Obama wrote it. Obama approved it. But today, Obama’s acting like he had no idea that this was going on.
It seems that once Obamacare was passed and signed into law, Mr. Gruber couldn’t stop talking about how his team had put one over on everybody. He’s sounding like a flimflam, an average conman, like a carnival barker. He’s out there bragging how they got this past everybody by lying and treating them like they’re stupid. And the videos of him preening around have now come to the attention of even the Washington Post, and now since it’s hit the Drive-By Media, the White House is embarrassed. Since it’s hit the Drive-By Media, the White House and Obama go out, “What? Who is this? Who is this guy? He did what? That’s unacceptable. We paid him for this?”
Now Obama’s gonna be running around taking names and is gonna want to know who it is that hired this guy, if anybody did. He’s gonna ask for an investigation to find out how this guy knows what he knows, what did he really have to do with Obamacare, did he really do this, and if he did, we gotta do something about it. Oh, and there’s another phase to this. After you do that, then you blame the Republicans for all of it. And that has happened, too. Josh Earnest reported… (interruption) Well, I’ll show you. I’ll show you how the Republicans can be blamed.
It’s right here at TheHill.com. Josh Earnest said that he, too, is angry. He doesn’t understand who this Gruber guy is and what this is all about. He said he would disagree vigorously with Mr. Gruber’s assessment. And then he said it’s the Republicans who have been less than honest and transparent about what their proposed changes to Obamacare would do.
So here’s Obama, who’s changed this law 30 times minimum, and Congress didn’t say a freaking word! I’m sorry, talking about impeachment doesn’t cut any slack now. When you let the guy change his own law 30 times, unconstitutionally, you kind of blow it. So here’s Obama who has done that and any number of other affronts and assaults to the Constitution.
Now here comes Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, “You know, this Gruber guy, what he did is outrageous, and we’re mad as hell up here at the White House! But let me just tell you this: It’s the Republicans who have been less than honest and less than transparent about what their proposed changes to Obamacare would do.”
Right, so, what? It was Boehner and McConnell who promised everybody they could keep their doctor if they liked their doctor? And it was Boehner and McConnell who promised that if you like your plan, you can keep your plan? And it was Boehner and McConnell who lied about everybody’s premiums coming down $2,500? It was Boehner and McConnell who lied about all of the out-of-pocket expenses such as the deductibles going down too?
The Republicans told those lies?
The Republicans have been less than honest about what they are gonna do with Obamacare? They don’t own a syllable of Obamacare. The Republicans do not own one word of Obamacare, and there’s Josh Earnest running around saying, “The guys really being dishonest are the Republicans! They’re not telling everybody what they would do, what their proposed changes are. They’re the guys not coming forward here.
“We’ve been transparent! We don’t know who this Gruber guy is, and we’re just as mad at him as everybody else.” It’s just right on schedule.
RUSH: January 18th, 2012, coming up on three years ago. Falls Church, Virginia, at the Noblis Innovation and Collaboration Center, MIT Economics Professor Jonathan Gruber spoke about the Obamacare health exchanges.
GRUBER: The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the Feds pay for our bill. Okay? In Massachusetts we had a very powerful Senator you may know named Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy had basically figured out, Ted Kennedy and smart people in Massachusetts had basically figured out a way to sort of rip off the Feds for about $400 million a year.
RUSH: Right on! Let’s applaud that. Ted Kennedy figured out a way to rip off the Feds of $400 million a year. Who’s he ripping us off? He’s not ripping off the Feds. He’s ripping us off. This Gruber boy, you know this Gruber boy, he’s Pajama Boy. The Obama Pajama Boy in those ads that they ran back this past summer. Does this guy sound like he needs Ritalin, or whatever they give ADD people? (imitating Gruber) “The dirty secret in Massachusetts, the Feds pay our bill, okay, okay, in Massachusetts we had a, very powerful Senator. You may know him. Ted Kennedy? Yeah, yeah. And Ted Kennedy, Ted Kennedy basically figured out, Ted Kennedy and smart people in Massachusetts basically figured out a way to sort of rip off the Feds for $400 million a year.” Yay!
He’s the architect of Obamacare and he’s out bragging. So right on schedule, here comes Obama saying (imitating Obama), “I am outraged. I had no idea this man — I don’t know what he’s saying. He’s certainly not speaking for me, and, uh, I think all of this has been brought about because of Republicans. They refuse to be honest about what they’re doing.”
So the Republicans create a vacuum, Gruber surfaces, and somehow it’s all the Republicans’ fault, and Obama had no idea any of this is going on, and that’s how this is playing out today. Ted Kennedy, smart people in Massachusetts had basically figured out a way to sort of rip off the Feds for about $400 million. What he’s saying here, he’s talking about Romneycare. And he’s saying that the only way they were able to make Romneycare in any way appear like it made any economic sense was to trick, quote, unquote, trick the federal government into actually paying for $400 million of it. And this is supposed to be something we’re to applaud.
He’s getting applause when he runs around and brags about this stuff to all these different groups of Democrats, unions, and fellow economists. We now have Gruber directly linking Obama to this, and it is important for you to remember that Obama and the official word out of the White House is they had no idea this was going on. That’s the news story today. The news story today is that Obama is livid. He is ticked off. Nobody told him about this. He doesn’t understand how this all got going. They had nothing to do with it.
The White House is incensed. They’re mad enough to spit, as this Gruber guy’s running around saying that the Affordable Care Act had to be sold via a conman scam to a stupid electorate by deceptive means. And the Regime is saying, “We didn’t know about this, don’t know who this guy was.” And Pelosi is saying, “I never heard of this guy.” But there is video and audio of Gruber admitting Obama was in the room when the Cadillac Tax scam and lie was created and White House logs have confirmed it.
RUSH: June 13th, 2012, on a PBS show called Frontline. The producer, Michael Kirk, interviewed Jonathan Gruber, MIT economics professor and conman extraordinaire, a man who has never worked a day outside of a university or academic setting. He has never held a job in the free market economy.
The producer for Frontline said, “You first met Barack Obama in 2006. The second time you met Barack Obama was after he was president and you were working to adapt Romneycare into Obamacare. He wants you to work on cost control,” Obama does. “Tell me about your conversations and your meetings with Barack Obama.”
GRUBER: The problem is, it’s a political nightmare, and people say, “No, you can’t tax my benefits.” So what we did a lot in that room was think about, well, how could… Talk about, “Well, how could we make this work?” And Obama’s like, “Well, you know…” I mean, he’s really a realistic guy. It’s like, “Look, I can’t just do this.” He said, “It’s just not gonna happen politically. The bill will not pass. How do we manage to get there through phase-ins and other things?” And we talked about it, and he was just very interested in that topic. And once again, that ultimately became the genesis of what’s called the Cadillac Tax in the health care bill.
RUSH: And here it is again rearing its ugly head. So here is Gruber admitting that Obama was present during a conversation about the formulation of the Cadillac Tax. The Cadillac Tax was a primary funding mechanism of Obamacare that — once again — was a scam. And the way it works is very simple. They claim that they were going to tax the insurance companies who provided these Cadillac plans. And, by the way, there’s a very important aspect of this.
Many Cadillac plans were for union people. A lot of the… This is fundamental, folks. There’s a lot to remember here, but many policyholders of Cadillac plans were union people. As allies of Obama and the Democrats, they got the best of everything. They got Cadillac plans, meaning the most expensive — and therefore the best and broadest — coverage with the lowest premiums. But the Regime knew what Gruber’s talking about.
Obama said, “I can’t pass this. We can’t have the rich seeming to profit off. We can’t have the rich seeming to get a better deal.” So they came up with the Cadillac Tax. The Cadillac Tax was a trick. It was a publicly announced 40% tax on the insurance companies providing these Cadillac plans, and thereby the Regime was able to show the little guy that they’re socking it to these people who had plans that you couldn’t afford.
“Okay, so we’re gonna take ’em, but we’re gonna make the insurance companies pay for it,” knowing all the while that the insurance companies were not gonna pay for it. They were going to pass that new cost on them on to every customer. Meaning everybody’s health care expenses were going to go up while the Regime’s telling everybody that the insurance companies were gonna be paying these new expenses.
“The insurance companies are gonna be paying this tax!”
This is a primary funding mechanism of Obamacare. “We’re gonna sock it to the insurance companies, ’cause they’ve been screwing people forever, and this how we’re gonna get even with ’em!” This is how it was sold, and Gruber has been applauding himself in all these videos for the cleverness of the scam. The scam, very simply, was tricking policyholders into blaming their insurance companies for all of their premium increases.
Gruber called this “brave,” by the way.
This was nothing more than turning an innocent victim here, the insurance companies, into the villain in order to distract from what the government was really doing, and that was scheming to find a way for everybody’s premiums to go up in order to pay for this. What this audio sound from 2012 bite is about is Gruber saying Obama was there in the room when the whole plan was hatched. Keep in mind, the Regime’s line today is they’re outraged.
They can’t believe what this Gruber guy’s saying. They had no idea. They don’t know what he’s talking about. They don’t think the American people are stupid. There wasn’t any lying. There wasn’t anything that was dishonest about this, and who is this guy? Besides all that, it’s the Republicans! If anybody’s to blame, it’s them, because they won’t be honest and transparent of what their alternate plans are.
So that’s why we’re in a state of disarray.
And it’s right on schedule. The Limbaugh Theorem. Obama is mad as hell! Somebody told him what Gruber’s out there saying. Gruber’s inadvertently admitting Obama was right there when the whole scheme was hatched, and Gruber is bragging about being with Obama, and praising Obama’s brilliance, and praising Obama’s political acumen for knowing it wouldn’t work the way it was devised. They had to come up with the Cadillac Tax to keep their bill viable.
One thing that we’ve learned: This Gruber guy (and that means a whole lot of other people) are really proud of this, this Cadillac Tax. Apparently this whole Cadillac Tax scheme is apparently the big deal that made all this possible. Bear in mind, I want to say again: A lot of union members have Cadillac plans. That’s one of the few advantages of being in a union. So Obama and Gruber were tricking the unions and lying to them at the same time they’re lying to everybody else.
Unions were the major supporters of Obamacare. You weren’t told that most union members had Cadillac plans. They couldn’t afford that, because the Cadillac plans? “The Wall Street guys have Cadillac plans — and the Warren Buffetts of the world, they had Cadillac plans — and they don’t need it. They could afford it.
“They don’t need help. They don’t need a hand. So we’re gonna soak it to ’em!” And that did happen, but the soaking got redirected on everybody else. And, of course, it was with Obama’s full knowledge. But he doesn’t even have the courage to own up to it. Now he’s disowning his own architect and leaving another guy twisting in the wind.