A series of videos have been released of var­i­ous con­fer­ences and con­ver­sa­tions involv­ing Jonathan Gru­ber, who was one of the writ­ers of the orig­i­nal ACA leg­is­la­tion, and they are not flattering…to any­one involved.  A sampling:

“Lack of trans­paren­cy is a huge polit­i­cal advan­tage.  Basi­cal­ly, call it the stu­pid­i­ty of the Amer­i­can vot­er of what­ev­er, but basi­cal­ly that was real­ly, real­ly crit­i­cal to get­ting things to pass”

“This bill was writ­ten in a tor­tured way to make sure the Con­gres­sion­al Bud­get Office did not score the man­date as tax­es (because) if CBO scored the man­date as tax­es, the bill dies” (even though Pres­i­dent Oba­ma kept insist­ing the man­date was not a tax)

“If you had a law which…made explic­it that healthy peo­ple pay in and sick peo­ple get mon­ey, it would not have passed”

“If you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your cit­i­zens don’t get tax cred­its” (which is enlight­en­ing giv­en that the Supreme Court is hear­ing on this issue right now, while the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion is insist­ing that the Fed­er­al Exchange can offer subsidies)

“It turns out polit­i­cal­ly (the employ­er sub­sidy) is real­ly hard to get rid of…and the only way we could get rid of it was first by mis­la­bel­ing it, call­ing it a tax on insur­ance plans (refer­ring to the nascent Cadil­lac tax) rather than a tax on peo­ple when we all know it’s a tax on peo­ple who hold those insur­ance plans”  “What that means is the tax that starts out hit­ting only 8% of the insur­ance plans essen­tial­ly amounts over the next 20 years essen­tial­ly get­ting rid of the exclu­sion for employ­er spon­sored plans…this was the only polit­i­cal way we were ever going to take on one of the worst pub­lic poli­cies in America”