Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer hit against MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber’s comments on Obamacare and his comments American people’s intelligence while he and others authored the law, saying the law will “set the mood for repeal,” and that Republicans need to go at the piece one-by-one and rip it apart. Krauthammer made the comments to Bret Baier on “Special Report” Thursday night.
Krauthammer: She cited him and now she claims she never heard of him. I think the moral of the story is if you’re going to tell a lie on camera, make sure that there isn’t a video that directly contradicts what you said coming out of your own mouth. Look, I think this could be important in the evolution of the bill.
There are three stages. In the first it was the protest and 2010 people said I don’t like the way it looks. I have the idea that it’s not going to help, it’s going to hurt us. Now we have stage two where it actually takes effect. :ast year and this year, people realized that it really is having deleterious effects on them. and now they’re about to be in a position with the new Congress to actually destroy it by a thousand cuts, starting with the repeal of the medical device tax, the individual mandate, the corporate mandate and the coverage mandate. I think what Republicans ought to do is keep their cool now, not to go nuts, to recognize that the most important element of this now is to overcome the media blackout on this. The way to do it is next year when you control the Senate, start holding hearings on each of these repeals.
At every hearing, you start by calling Professor Gruber. You show what he said. You ask him about it. There is no escape. He can’t say I didn’t really mean it, it was off the cuff, because he said it again and again and again. So that will set the mood that all the things that people had suspected in stage one, experienced in stage two, was already known by the Democrats, hidden and was deceptively covered up, and now they can’t deny it. I think they will set the mood for repeal of these elements.