In a newly obtained video by Gotnews.com Jonathan Gruber endorsed left-wing socialized medicine. The only problem he said was that the voters made socialized medicine “politically impossible.”
The remarks, which are typed below, come from a 2010 speech he gave at MIT.
The left said that the solution to all of our problems in health care was a single payer health care system. Everyone will be covered with health insurance, we’ll have a global budget so we’ll control health care costs, and that will solve all our problems and in many ways they were right. But in one key way they were wrong which is that is just politically impossible in the U.S. context.
A single payer simply not politically feasible both because most Americans are actually pretty happy with what they have and aren’t willing to give it up and because we have about an $800 billion a year private health insurance industry that’s not going to go without a fight.
So single payer has been politically a non-starter.
Gruber has publicly been identified as an opponent of single payer but these remarks, along with those that began appearing in July and earlier this week, show that Gruber hasn’t always been honest about his views.
In the run up to passing Obamacare, Barack Obama claimed that Americans would be able to keep their insurance plans, much as Gruber initially suggested.
Gruber’s MIT comments are similar to those made by Ezra Klein where he called for abolishing the health insurance companies and where the “natural incentives” of Obamacare would lead to single payer.
Gotnews.com was the first site to interview Obamacare researcher Rich Weinstein in July of this year.