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”