Live from Australia, it’s Prez know-nothing at the G-20 Summit commenting on Grubergate.
Obama: We didn’t mislead on health care bill
David Jackson, USA TODAY | November 16, 2014
President Obama says he and his administration did not mislead the public on the financing of the health care law, disputing statements by a consultant who said supporters of the bill took advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters.
“The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters is not a reflection on the actual process that was run,” Obama told reporters at a news conference following the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
“I would just advise every press outlet here: Pull up every clip and every story,” Obama said. “I think it’s fair to say there was not a provision in the health care law that was not extensively debated and was fully transparent — it was a tough debate.“
“While Gruber was not a staffer, he was a paid consultant whose models were used to help assess the impact of various policy changes being considered as part of health care legislation. Official logs show he visited the White House about a dozen times between 2009 and this year.
It’s official, not only did they kick the prestigious professor Gruber to the curb, they completely disconnect him to the Obamacare bill. Fully transparent, extensively debated – and fair to say that? Back to the lying mode.
Once again, the Oval Office Occupant says he is just learning about this. I imagine Gruber will be stunned to find he had nothing to do with it. All those personal meetings apparently counted for nothing. Gruber is deemed less important than the WH fence jumper.
When the president was asked whether he had intentionally misled the public in order to get the law passed, he replied: “No. I did not.”
Obama said the notion that any provisions in the bill were hidden is absurd given the intensity of news coverage of the subject when the bill was being drafted and debated in Congress.