Jonathan Gruber “didn’t help write our bill,” Nancy Pelosi insisted last month.
Er, about that:
The latest video of the infamous MIT economist, discovered just days after his amnesia-stricken testimony before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, shows Gruber declaring to his autumn 2010 “Principles of Microeconomics” students: “You’re hearing a lot of discussion now about the PPACA, which passed last March 23. . . . I helped write it.”
“This was the single most important piece of government legislation perhaps since World War II. Certainly the most significant piece of domestic social policy legislation since Medicare was introduced in 1965,” announces Gruber. “What does this bill do? Well, this bill tries to — and full disclaimer: I’m going to describe it objectively, but I helped write it.”
Then, again: “So I’ll be objective, I’ll try to be objective, but just full disclaimer: I was involved in writing the legislation, so there is some bias involved here.”
Sounds like more than just “some adviser who was never on our staff.”