If you haven’t been following the uproar over the Jonathan Gruber videos, this explainer from Vox.com brings you up to speed. In short, Gruber, an MIT professor who was one of the principal architects of Obamacare, was captured on video saying, among other things, that it passed because voters were too stupid to notice what was really going on, and that its proponents hid the truth out of political necessity. There are several of these videos, and they’re absolutely infuriating. Gruber wasn’t videotaped giving these talks in secret, but he said these things in public forums. Look at this short clip, for example:
Weinstein, back at home, was stunned at the reaction. Why did he keep finding Gruber gaffes? Why didn’t the press glom onto this stuff first?
“It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is,” he says. “I really do find this disturbing.”
Weinstein dates his accidental citizen journalism back to the end of 2013 and the first run of insurance cancellations or policy changes. He was among the people who got a letter informing him that his old policy did not meet ACA standards.
“When Obama said ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, period’—frankly, I believed him,” says Weinstein. “He very often speaks with qualifiers. When he said ‘period,’ there were no qualifiers. You can understand that when I lost my own plan, and the replacement cost twice as much, I wasn’t happy. So I’m watching the news, and at that time I was thinking: Hey, the administration was not telling people the truth, and the media was doing nothing!”
This guy found all this stuff with extensive Internet searching. That’s it. Nobody in the media did. A pissed-off nobody at home in suburban Philly did.
They say now that Republicans, who now control Congress, will use this stuff to go after Obamacare. And who can blame them? Great job, Gruber.