Comments by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who is largely considered the “architect” of Obamacare, actually “didn’t represent his views” on whether the federal government can issue subsidies for health-care plans purchased outside of state-based exchanges, according to the White House.
“What is clear is that he, like Congress, intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that lower their health-care costs regardless of who is operating the marketplace,” press secretary Josh Earnest said. “I think he said that’s a mistake, that those comments were a mistake and didn’t represent his views.”
Earlier this week, the D.C. circuit court ruled that the health-care law does not permit the federal government to provide tax credits through the federal exchange. Democrats and supporters of the law have argued that the phrasing in the law on which the ruling is based was a “typo.”
But video of Gruber from 2012 has emerged, in which he says the law is supposed to operate as the court ruled. Critics of the law say this supports the view that the supposed “typo” was, in fact, the original intention of the law.
Gruber has since said his comments were a “speak-o,” or a verbal typo, but new audio has emerged of him making the same argument in a separate event.