Not Another GruberGate Post

“Real egalitarians don’t excuse their inability to communicate by citing the “stupidity of the American voter” as a fact in evidence. Want to learn how to make a convincing case to your fellow citizens? Start by taking them seriously as equals.” -Bill Gardner, quoted by David Phillippe

Punditocracy

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There are a distressingly large number of things in this life that may be politically relevant while also being substantively (near)meaningless. GruberGate 2.0 is one of those things. Jonathan Gruber (a health economist and former unofficial adviser during the Affordable Care Act development, who’s econometric work is an important part of how health care reform was done in Massachusetts) being candid about his views towards voters (“the stupidity of the American voters”) and the policy-making process of the ACA (“The bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes.”) has implications in exactly two ways: himself and the clickbait barons of the internet. I don’t know the extent to which this might ‘breath new life’ into the Republican opposition to the law, versus becoming one among many other bits of political ammunition, because I very much doubt that the absence of…

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