CONTEMPT AND JONATHAN GRUBER
In the half dozen grossly reprehensible videos by former Obamacare chief architect Jonathan Gruber, he not only describes voters as “stupid” but also prides himself (and the Obama Administration generally) for succeeding in taking advantage of the American people’s perceived stupidity. Gruber delights in the fact that the Administration purposefully employed a lack of transparency in crafting the 20,000 page law. He thinks he and his compatriots in the Administration were quite “clever” when they chose to tax insurance providers and industry rather than the American people directly so as to hide from the people the economic impact they knew would come from the law, its resulting effect on increasing the cost of insurance premiums, goods, and services costs. In short, Gruber is proud that he could play such an important role in duping and manipulating the American people so that Americans would accept a bill that, were they honestly informed of its costs, they would reject. Gruber offends mightily because he is not only an elitist who harbors contempt for Americans but also represents the true character of the Administration that fawned over him, adored his work product and recommendations, and incorporated his recommendations into this atrocious law.
Because Gruber has revealed the ugly character of the Administration to the public, President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been quick to deny the fact that they knew and admired Gruber. Obama recently described Gruber dismissingly, as “some adviser who never worked on our staff,” while Pelosi said that she didn’t “know who he is,” but the truth is to the contrary. In 2006, Obama said that he “pulled ideas from” Gruber “liberally” and in 2009 the Obama Administration hired Gruber to help determine the impact of and make recommendations concerning Obamacare, paying him $400,000 for that work. In 2009, Pelosi referred to Gruber and, on her own web site, quoted him in response to a question about Obamacare. Even were Obama and Pelosi suddenly struck by a convenient, profound memory loss, the fact remains that what Gruber said in campus lecture after campus lecture is representative of what those of us who follow this Administration have long known about the Administration. Many of the people calling the shots in this Administration are elitists who harbor contempt for the American people and believe it their right and privilege to restrict popular choice whenever it conflicts with their own view of what is best. Under this world view, rights are fungible because they are only recognized and respected if they comport with what those in power desire.
After all, what is Obamacare if not a paternalistic requirement by the federal government that everyone be forced to buy health insurance regardless of their personal predilections because this Administration has determined that it is for their own good. In other words, this Administration presumes to know better than the individual what is in the individual’s own best interest. The unconstitutional exertion of power by Obamacare to compel an individual purchase, recognized as such by the Supreme Court under the Commerce Clause, yet conflictingly and illogically upheld by the Supreme Court under the Taxing Clause, is a striking departure from federal precedent in that it rearranges fundamentally the relationship between the federal government and the individual, ascribing to the federal government a power to force consumers to buy a commercial good, health insurance, against their will or suffer a tax penalty.
In no time before has the federal government ever exercised a coercive power to compel a private purchase and, precisely because this power has been upheld by the Supreme Court, it may now be used whenever and wherever the government wishes. If the federal government can order you to buy health insurance because it is for your own good, it can also commandeer your entire after tax pay, dictating that you buy certain kinds of goods and services on grounds that they are better for the environment, provide less offense to identified minorities, or promote public health, etc., overriding your preferences to the contrary. In short, Obamacare is all about depriving you of control over basic life affecting decisions and replacing that control in the federal government.
Gruber’s revelations are so offensive precisely because they reflect the motivations that must exist to produce such dictatorial laws. Without question, if Obama or his henchmen harbored a love of liberty and of the American people, they would find adoption of measures that deny private choice and compel specific market purchases as abhorrent. They would not want to deny those they loved the freedom to choose. Rather, it is only because they harbor contempt for the American people, to use Gruber’s words, regard them as “stupid,” that they can embrace paternalistic measures that are predicated on a distrust of private free choice, cause a deprivation of free choice, and impose a federal command that all individuals do as the government wills.
In the end, in this instance as in so many othersby this Administration, the evidence reveals that the President and his henchmen have little respect for the American people and fundamentally distrust Americans’ freedom of choice, and, so, have no problem purposefully misleading Americans into believing laws favored by the Administration to be in the best interests of all when, in truth, those laws deprive individuals of their sovereignty and property, leaving them less free than they were before.
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Jonathan W. Emord is an attorney who practices constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies. Congressman Ron Paul calls Jonathan "a hero of the health freedom revolution" and says "all freedom-loving Americans are in [his] debt . . . for his courtroom [victories] on behalf of health freedom." He has defeated the FDA in federal court a remarkable eight times, seven on First Amendment grounds, and is the author of Amazon bestsellers The Rise of Tyranny, Global Censorship of Health Information, and Restore the Republic. He is the American Justice columnist for U.S.A. Today Magazine and the host of “Jonathan Emord’s Truth Trial” on the GCN Radio Network (visit gcnlive.com and emordtruthtrial.com). For more info visit Emord.com and join the Emord FDA/FTC Law Group on Linkedin.
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Gruber has revealed the ugly character of the Administration to the
public, President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have
been quick to deny the fact that they knew and admired Gruber.