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ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber Apologizes For Insulting Comments Toward the American People

December 10, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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MIT economist Jonathan Gruber attempted to explain and justify his controversial comments about ObamaCare during his apology filled testimony on Tuesday before a House committee.

Grinder was accused by Rep. Darrell Issa of creating a false model as part of “a pattern of intentional misleading” to get ObamaCare passed.

Gruber was hired as a well-paid consultant during the creation of the law.

The MIT professor was harshly criticized by both Republicans and Democrats on the House oversight committee as he testified on Capitol Hill since videos of his remarks went public.

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Daryl Issa who chaired the committee told Gruber: “You made a series of troubling statements that were not only an insult to the American people, but revealed a pattern of intentional misleading [of] the public about the true impact and nature of ObamaCare.”

Gruber has become infamous after claiming ObamaCare’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

He delivered an apologetic filled speech during his opening remarks on Tuesday, calling his remarks “mean and insulting” and explaining some of his remarks while trying to take some of them back.

Gruber was caught on tape saying a lack of transparency helped the law pass. On Tuesday, he reversed course, saying he does not think it was passed in a “non-transparent fashion.”

He also expressed regret for what he called “glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting comments.”

“I sincerely apologize for conjecturing with a tone of expertise and for doing so in such a disparaging fashion,” Gruber said. “I knew better. I know better. I’m embarrassed and I’m sorry.”

He said he “behaved badly” but stressed that “my own inexcusable arrogance is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act.”

The videos of Gruber’s remarks have angered Republicans  over the health care law, and the way in which it was drafted and passed.

Lawmakers obtained videos that show Gruber saying the act was written in a “very tortured way.”

During questioning, Issa asked Gruber, “Are you stupid?”

“I don’t think so, no,” he responded.

Issa added: “So you’re a smart man who said some … really stupid things.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on the committee, also criticized Gruber for giving opponents of the law a “PR gift.”

“You wrapped it up with a bow,” Cummings said, while claiming the controversy “has nothing to do with the substance of this issue.”

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