Jonathan Gruber, who played a significant role in crafting both Romneycare and Obamacare, states in a 2012 speech that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payments was included in Obamacare as an incentive for states to establish their own exchanges. No state exchange, no subsidy. Following the recent conflicting federal court rulings, Gruber’s latest convenient truth is that the Obamacare provision limiting subsidies to state exchanges was actually a “typo.” Since Gruber is a professor of economics at MIT, one has to wonder whether he teaches the same dishonesty he practices.
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