In his doctoral thesis, titled Changes in the Structure of Employer-Provided Health Insurance, Gruber uses selective data to show that employer price shopping for health insurance resulted in reduced quality of health care for the uninsured, that "mandates may be an efficient means of financing group-specific benefit expansions," and that increased insurance costs due to State regulations have little effect on the number of employers offering health insurance.
The first conclusion is obvious, the second Fascist, and the third specious.
After Harvard, Gruber returned to MIT as an assistant professor of Economics. He is currently a full professor of Economics at MIT and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
From 2003 to 2006, Gruber was instrumental in crafting the vaunted Massachusetts health care reform legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Romney in 2006. In 2009 and early 2010, Gruber worked with the Obama regime and with the Democrats in Congress to help write the so-called Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Mr. Gruber has been in the news recently due to the surfacing of a video recorded of him a couple of years ago in which he declared that the American people were too "stupid" to recognize the advantages of Obamacare and that therefore they had to be lied to for their own good. He is also notable for having recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court contending that certain wording in the ludicrously titled Affordable Care Act was a typo.
But in a January 2012 speech, Mr. Gruber contended that that particular wording in the Act was precise and deliberate, and he even presented the purpose of that wording. "What's important to remember politically abut this," Mr. Gruber said, "is if you're a State and you don't set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits. I hope 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."
I do not believe Mr. Gruber is evil. He has simply been tragically – and deliberately – misled. He has been imbued with the Communist dogma foisted by modern American "educational" institutions on their charges under the misnomer of "Economics." He has been steeped in the fiction that governments create and control economies. They do not! They never did. And they never could!
Economies are created by innovation and industry, and they are controlled by efficiency – three concepts that are totally foreign to government. Governments can only impede an economy; It is impossible for them to make one or to contribute to one.
Economics is the study of industrialization – not the study of government. The study of Economics did not exist until 1776 when, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Adam Smith published Wealth Of Nations, the genesis of and still the definitive treatment of the science of Economics. What is posited today in America as the study of Economics is actually the study of government expropriation.
So who is Jonathan Gruber? He is a clueless intellectual who has been over-indoctrinated with the currently popular ersatz Economics of Keynesian Fascism. He is a mendacious and pompous ass who really believes himself when he says he had to lie to the American people because they are too stupid to know what's good for them. The fact that this diseducated, conceited, and Economically ignorant self-styled commissar was a major architect of Obamacare is enough reason in itself to justify the repeal of that illegal federal fiat.