You probably remember Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who famously said that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve Obamacare. In other words, they had to pass the bill before we could find out what’s in it for a reason.
The law’s failures, are, of course, undeniable. Millions were lied to and told that if they liked their plan, they’d be able to keep it. Obama promised that premiums would decrease by $2,500 for the average family, but in reality they’ve increased by about $5,000. Deductibles have skyrocketed, too — averaging $6,000 in Obamacare’s lowest-priced bronze plan. Seventeen out of twenty-three (74 percent) of Obamacare exchanges have failed too, resulting in hundreds of thousands losing their insurance.
And who’s to blame for all this? According to the man who helped design the law, Gruber, it’s…Donald Trump.
As Townhall reported:
In discussing Obamacare exchanges on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace noted that in Iowa there is only one insurance company left in the state’s exchange, which may soon pull out as well.
“And whose fault is this?” Gruber asked. “Before President Trump was elected, there were no counties in America that did not have an insurer.”
“Wait, you’re going to blame the problems with Obamacare on President Trump?” Wallace responded, interrupting Gruber.
He then attempted to defend his comment, saying that many insurance companies wanted to be in the markets and their profits were trending positively. Then Trump undercut open enrollment and didn’t honor the obligations Obamacare made to insurers, he argued, claiming that as a result, premiums went up and insurers are leaving.
Of course, all the problems present in Obamacare (including the dozens of exchanges who kicked the bucket) predate Donald Trump’s inauguration.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]