The White House is denouncing comments from key Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber that a lack of transparency and the stupidity of voters helped in the passage of the health care law.
“Not only do we disagree with those comments, they’re simply not true,” White House spokeswoman Jessica Santillo said in a statement late Wednesday, according to Talking Points Memo.
“Transparency is a key goal of the [Affordable Care Act]: consumers now have more access to information about their health insurance than ever before,” she added, nothing that Obamacare was publicly debated for 14 months and pointed to dozens of hearings on the Hill as well as “countless town halls, speeches, and debates.”
“The tax credits in the law that help millions of middle class Americans afford coverage were no secret, and in fact were central to the legislation,” Santillo said.
Gruber has been causing headaches for the White House as conservatives have had a field day over comments the MIT professor made in 2013 after videos recently surfaced of his remarks.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass,” Gruber said at the time.
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