RUSH: Now, we have heard today Jonathan Gruber and we played the audio sound bite, Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist, the scam artist, the con artist disguised as an economist professor at MIT, running around as Pajama Boy metrosexual bragging and bragging about how they scammed this group and that group, and they lied about what was in Obamacare ’cause they had to. The American people are too stupid, couldn’t figure out the brilliance of the plan, and they had to do a couple other scams. And, man, it was so cool and so cool, and gets all these people laughing at the scams they pulled off.
Today, Obama, on schedule, is acting like he knew nothing about it and is livid, angry as he can be about it. Heads are gonna roll. Nobody at the White House knew about this. Nobody at the White House is in on this. Hell, Gruber, I barely remember the name. Pelosi said she never heard of Gruber, except for when she worked with him. Gruber also credited Ted Kennedy with coming up with a really clever scam that scammed, what was it, $400 million from the Feds in Massachusetts for Romneycare.
Yeah, he was the architect of Romneycare as well. That’s why the Regime hired him to do Obamacare, ’cause he was the economic intellectual egghead that got all the credit for Romneycare. And he’s got this sound bite today where he praises Ted Kennedy’s coming up with this brilliant scam to help Massachusetts trick the Feds, as he referred them, in paying for a lot of Romneycare in Massachusetts. So people said, “What did he do?” Well, there’s a story in The Daily Caller about this.
“In several of GruberÂ’s lectures, which are available online –” Drive-By Media only yesterday beginning to get to this, “– the MIT economist walks his audience through the process of how Obamacare came into being. ‘We had a pretty powerful senator you may have heard of, Ted Kennedy. … Ted Kennedy had managed to figure out a way to rip off the federal Medicaid program to the tune of about $500 million a year through a series of strange manipulations.'” This is Gruber actually explaining to an applauding audience.
Now, folks, by the way, don’t misunderstand something here. I’m not naive. I don’t think this is the first scam that’s ever been. That’s not the reason why we’re all incredulous. These are bank robbers in the federal government applauding each other and wanting applause and bragging about how they robbed the bank. And nobody’s talking about that. What they’re talking about here is Gruber’s insult of the American people as being stupid.
Nobody’s talking about the fraud that existed in putting this thing together. Nobody is talking about how Gruber admits this whole thing is a fraud. The whole thing is illegitimate. The whole thing is against the law. And they’re bragging about how they did it, and they’re bringing up Ted Kennedy’s name from the grave, as a great guy, he figured out a way to rip off the federal Medicaid program.
How many times have we heard Democrats run around accusing the Republicans of wanting to cut Medicaid, cut Medicare, cut Social Security, and in the process, people are supposed to hate the Republicans. The Republicans are mean-spirited extremists. They’re just dirty and rotten to the core. They don’t care about old people, and they don’t care about gays. They don’t care about women, and they don’t care about kids. They don’t care about anybody. They hate everybody! They love pollution. They love dirty water. They love dirty air. They love stinky skies. They love giant airplanes. They love running roughshod over everybody.
And it’s all lies.
And here come the same people who accuse the Republicans of cutting Medicaid and cutting Medicare and cutting Social Security and kicking old people out of their houses, bragging about how they do it, bragging about how they get away with it. And nobody’s even talking about the that aspect of this. Well, I am. And, by the way, it’s fine to be focused on what Gruber said about how they had to convince the American people ’cause they’re a bunch of stupid idiots, had to lie to them, brag about that. But, I mean, these are the people that run around accusing Republicans and conservatives of basically being human debris and reprobates, false accusations, lying about Republicans all day every day, sunup to sundown. And here they are, one of their leading lights, Jonathan Gruber — ooh, big whoop — running around bragging about how they actually do it and being applauded for it.
(imitating Gruber) “We had a pretty powerful senator. You may have heard of Ted Kennedy. He managed to figure out a way to rip off the federal Medicaid program to the tune of $500 million a year through a series of strange manipulations. Here was Mitt Romney’s dirty little secret that we don’t like to talk about in Massachusetts, which is the way we passed our law is the federal government paid for it.” The federal government pays for nothing until it takes money away from everybody in the form of taxes. The federal government pays for nothing. The American taxpayer paid for Romneycare, and Ted Kennedy was behind the screw job. And Gruber wants credit for this and wants applause for this.
Gruber further went on to say, George Bush saw what was going on, and he said, “Why am I sending this Democrat $500 million a year, IÂ’m taking it back.” We’re not gonna give Massachusetts $500 million a year. “Gruber explained, adding ‘Mitt Romney, to his credit, went to George Bush and said, “Look, can we keep the money if we use it for universal coverage.” And Bush to his credit said yes.'”
Okay, so the next phase is, Ted Kennedy finds a way to scam $500 million a year from Medicaid — remember, it was the Republicans that were gonna cut Medicaid — finds a way to scam $500 million, Bush finds out about, “To hell with this.” And Romney says, “Wait a minute, wait a minute. What if we use that money for universal care, universal coverage?” Meaning, everybody will get covered. And supposedly Bush said, “Well, if we’re gonna put it to that kind of use, then okay.”
Gruber said, “We realized that we canÂ’t do this at the state level anymore. The Feds are going to have to get involved.” So Ted Kennedy was allowed to do it and get away with it and be applauded for doing it in Massachusetts, but now when we move forward to Obamacare, there’s nobody to scam. Who’s the federal government gonna scam, the ChiComs? Massachusetts could go to the Federal Treasury to get money; where’s the US government gonna go? Borrow it or print it or what have you.
Now, I don’t think most people know this, but Medicaid was always supposed to be paid for and run by the states. If Massachusetts happened to get a little too liberal with their Medicaid, why should the rest of us have to pay the price? But that’s what happened. In other words, Ted Kennedy, state of Massachusetts, they didn’t have the money for Romneycare. It should have died right there. There wasn’t the money for it. But that didn’t matter. With liberal Democrats that’s never the answer. “Oh, there isn’t any money? Well, where we gonna get it, then?” So they scam the program. They scam
“Gruber followed a similar script in other lectures, including one at Washington University in St. Louis last year and another at the University of Rhode Island in 2012. At the University of Rhode Island event, Gruber said Kennedy was ‘delivering about $400 million a year in slush funds to our SafeNet hospitals, basically ripping off the federal Medicaid program.'”
So it’s $500 million or $400 million, but Gruber’s running around bragging about how all this happened. The Washington Times treatment of this bears the headline: “Taxpayers Paid Millions for the Deceptions of the Obamacare Architect — The MIT economist who is the brains behind Obamacare has made quite a stir with his admission that President Obama’s health care takeover was built on lies.
“Mr. Gruber says he was willing to say and do whatever it took to advance the scheme, and now it’s clear why. Obamacare made Mr. Gruber a multimillionaire, and at the expense of the taxpayers.” Now, I think we were among the first to mention that Gruber was getting paid $400,000 to lie to us. But it turns out that he was actually being paid millions of dollars. It was just the first contract that was the $400,000. He ended up getting millions of dollars.
Notice this still isn’t the Drive-By Media reporting this. This is still the Washington Times, which is considered to be conservative media. The news that he was being paid millions is found in an editorial here in the Washington Times. The Drive-Bys haven’t even gotten to it. There is a Washington Post fact-check story on some of this stuff, but most low-information readers…
Do you think they go to a fact-check article? They’re not, by definition, gonna know what they’ve read when they finish it. So the guy got millions, not just $400,000. He was paid… Let’s see. In Michigan, $481,000 he was paid. Minnesota: $329,000. Vermont: $400,000. Massachusetts paid him around 400 grand. We don’t really know what the federal consultant fee was.
In some cases, he had partners. He worked with other consultants. So he had to divvy up some of that money. But here’s a guy who’s never worked a day in free-enterprise economy. He’s never had a job. He’s a professor. I know it’s a job, but he’s got tenure and it’s not… He doesn’t have to do anything to keep the job. He’s not a… (interruption) Exactly. “He’s not a working stiff.”
He doesn’t have to worry about finances, doesn’t have to worry about anything. Folks, I’m gonna tell you something: If your whole life you’ve never had to worry about anything, I guarantee you’re gonna have to expend some effort to try to understand and relate to people who do. I don’t think Gruber has bothered to try to do that. It hasn’t been necessary.
All he does is talk down to them, impugn them. (interruption) Yeah. The people paying him the millions? The people that work? They’re stupid. But, see, he’s not alone. The thing about this is, Jonathan Gruber is Joe Biden. Jonathan Gruber is John Kerry. Jonathan Gruber is Obama. Jonathan Gruber is Harry Reid. Jonathan Gruber is all these other Democrats. He’s Elizabeth Warren, Hillary and Bill Clinton. It’s who they are. He’s no different.
He’s right at home with ’em. Some of you might be say, “Well, how did this guy get hired if he’s this big a scam artist?” Because other scam artists hired him! That’s why he got hired. This is his skill. This is his talent. “But, Rush! But, Rush! He’s just an economics professor!” Yeah, he’s just an economics professor? No, he’s much more than that. He’s now a figurehead. He is a template for what the liberal wing of the Democrat Party is.