Probably the most important insight from the recent revelations of Obamacare architect, Jon Gruber’s, repeated statements of contempt for the American people and admissions that the entire program was based on misinformation, is not that it reveals the contempt so many liberals have for the American people (particularly when those people oppose their plans), but that these revelations undermine what little legitimacy the law ever had and make plain the mendacity of the entire Administration.
One of the keys of a democratic or republican government is fair and open debate. But that did not occur with Obamacare, it was not really debated, but rather shadows and reflections of the law were debated, because it an enormously long law, which legislators for and against admitted they did not read and did not fully understand. Whatever was sold, was different from what was bought. We’re now told it’s a fully vetted, fully debated, “done deal” supported by the American people, but what at least some people supported–keeping their insurance policies and rates going down along with the promise of better care and universal coverage–did not occur and was not intended to occur. People bought the marketing, not the product, because the authors of this bill knew that it would never fly if these details were spoken of openly. So, they lied. And whatever patina of legitimacy the law had is gone, because it was based on fraudulent inducement and confusion and false urgency in its passage that concealed its manifold flaws from both its supporters and its opponents.
As they said over at Ace’s blog, ” you can’t say we “debated” the plan when in fact the Plan was to hide the Plan from the “stupid” American voters, all along.
Indeed, the entire episode is a microcosm of the entire tenor of this Administration and this President, who was also oversold through marketing and concealment of various details of his life–his communist friends, his pro-terrorist pastor, and his overall mediocrity as a legislator and a professor. Those who voted for him thought they were getting a moderate, debonair, intellectual uniter, and instead we got a petty, mediocre, college town, leftist hack.