Liberal Blogger Downplays Gruber’s Obamacare Role… But Once Said He ‘Pretty Much Wrote Obamacare’
Journalist Sarah Kliff is perhaps best known in conservative circles for dismissing the Kermit Gosnell murders as a “local crime” story during her tenure at the Washington Post. Kliff again found herself the subject of ridicule after she was caught contradicting herself in her defense of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber.
These days, she is a senior editor at Vox Media, liberal wonk Ezra Klein’s digital media outlet best known for “voxplaining” complicated policy for readers. With the controversy swirling over Gruber calling American voters “stupid,” Kliff dismissed the idea that Gruber was a major architect of Obamacare.
In a piece called “The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare,” Kliff voxplained that Gruber’s role was “mostly number-crunching. In 2009 Health and Human Services awarded Gruber a $297,000 contract to consult on ‘options for national health reform.'”
The problem? Two years ago, Kliff tweeted about Gruber, describing him as the “health economist who pretty much wrote Obamacare.”
Jon Gruber, the health economist who pretty much wrote Obamacare, owns 8 parrots. That is all. http://t.co/TfSCX37N
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) March 29, 2012
Twitter user @ArikSharon created a handy graphic mocking the reversal: