7:01 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The New York Times has described M.I.T. economist Jonathan Gruber as “a card-carrying Democrat” whose “position as an adviser to the influential Congressional Budget Office also left him perfectly positioned to advise the White House on health reform.” Moreover, the Times writes, “After Mr. Gruber helped the administration put together the basic principles of the [Obamacare] proposal, the White House lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.” Now it turns out that, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute has unearthed, Gruber told audiences as far back as early 2012 that Obamacare’s taxpayer-funded subsidies couldn’t flow through federally established exchanges, but only through state-established ones. More recently, Gruber has been singing a different tune, as legal challenges on that aspect of the law have proceeded.
As Politico writes, “This matters not because it is an embarrassing deception for an academic to be caught in, but because it suggests the falsity of the administration’s claim that this was a glitch and not a feature.”
Here’s Gruber, in a video that was uploaded in early 2012 (the relevant comments start around the 31:30 mark):
“I think, what’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all your taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges and that they’ll do it.”
The legislative text of Obamacare speaks of the premiums as being available only “through an Exchange established by the State.” But 36 states have not established exchanges and are instead relying on exchanges that have been established, and are being operated, by the federal government. The IRS, apparently responding to pressure from Obama’s political appointees, is allowing subsidies to flow through such federally established exchanges as well as through state-established ones. Last week, a 3-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that this was in violation of the legislation’s plain text.
4:09 PM, Oct 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The specter of municipal bankruptcies spreading across the land – especially in states like Illinois, California, and Michigan – has been out of mind of late. Pushed off the agenda by other crises. But it has not gone away even – or, perhaps, especially – in jurisdictions where the problem was thought to have been dealt with, if not actually solved.
Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By FRED BARNES
Can you name the attorney general of your state? I’m betting most folks can’t. There’s a reason. Campaigns for attorney general get scant media attention, causing voters to ignore down-ballot races. This is unfortunate, especially if you reside in a red state. Because in the past few years Republican attorneys general have become a growing force in national affairs. They’re not quite a conservative juggernaut, but they’re headed that way.
. . . to ‘free money’ for Medicaid expansion.
Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15 • By ANDREW B. WILSON
If someone who is sinking deeper and deeper into debt comes to you with an offer of “free money,” you would be best advised to:
(a) take the money and run,
8:05 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Obama, the cable news channel predicts, will win Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.
6:00 AM, Nov 6, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Since the House passed Obamacare 961 days ago, on March 21, 2010 — two days before President Obama signed it into law — all eyes have been on November 6, 2012. As Bill Kristol wrote on March 22, 2010:
11:15 AM, Oct 18, 2012 • By ROBERT K. KELNER
In election law, as in so many things, the word “reform,” when associated with a new idea, is usually a sure sign that mischief is afoot.
7:15 PM, Oct 5, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
One month and one day before the most important presidential election in the past quarter of a century and perhaps in the past century and a quarter, Rasmussen Reports shows the race being about as even as it could possibly be. At this point, Rasmussen’s state-by-state polling shows that President Obama would win by the tally of 271 electoral votes to 267 for Mitt Romney.
12:00 AM, Aug 10, 2012 • By KATE HAVARD
A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.
1:40 PM, Jun 14, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
We’re a long way from November 6 (145 days for those who are keeping score at home), but Rasmussen’s latest polling of likely voters in states across the land shows Mitt Romney currently leading President Barack Obama in the quest for electoral votes. In fact, if the 9 key swing states were each to go according to Rasmussen’s latest polling, a
And why it will be surprising if he wins in Louisiana — or Indiana.9:05 AM, Mar 21, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
While it’s clear that regional variations have played a role thus far in the Republican primaries — with Mitt Romney doing well in the Northeast but not in the South, for example — breaking down the contests along other lines might help shed some additional light on the race.
8:36 AM, Feb 23, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Most of the focus on public employee unions emphasizes the fact that states are going bankrupt and that states can’t continue to give these unions the almost obscene perks they have gotten in the past. But that misses the more fundamental point.
In the Wisconsin union battle, the Obama administration is supporting Democrats' biggest campaign cash cow over a governor that wants needed reforms.2:42 PM, Feb 18, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In evaluating the battle over public sector unions in Wisconsin, it's worth considering for a moment the state of American unionism. It's not a pretty picture, as far as unions are concerned.
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