Jonathon Gruber was brought to task on his statements claiming the administration relied on the stupidity of the American voter and the illusion of transparency to pass the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Gruber had also stated the architects took great pains to write this bill so it would appear no new taxes were included and to trick the independent Congressional Budget Office.
On a Supreme Court challenge concerning the individual mandate, the courts stated that the mandate is legal if the penalty was actually a tax. The administration consistently denied it was a tax. Ironically, the penalty is only assessed from your income tax rebate check.
Gruber shed light on how manipulative the administration was in actually writing the bill.
They misled the American people.
A new court challenge is now underway due to the fact that the courts ruling of the penalty as a tax issue. If the penalty is indeed a tax, then the bill should have originated in the House of Representatives. All bills with taxes and spending measures must originate in the House according to the Constitution. This bill originated in the Senate under the supervision of Harry Reid.
Considering the origination clause, it makes sense Obama touted it as a penalty only and not a tax. Being a Constitutional lecturer, he would, or at least should, know about the origination clause.
The courts got it wrong the first time. We will see if they get it right this time.