- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jon Stewart on Tuesday night railed against Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber and the Democrats trying to distance themselves from him since comments resurfaced in which he insulted American voters.

Mr. Gruber, an MIT economist who was paid almost $400,000 to help shape Obamacare, said during an October 2013 appearance at the University of Pennsylvania that the “lack of transparency” and “stupidity of the American voter” were politically advantageous in getting the law passed.

“Well let me ask a question — who the [expletive] is [Mr. Gruber]?” Mr. Stewart asked on “The Daily Show” after playing the 2013 clip, Talking Points Memo reported.

“Probably a complete peripheral player,” he scoffed.

Mr. Stewart then played a video montage that confirmed Mr. Gruber’s involvement with shaping the law, including President Obama saying in 2006 that he’s “stolen ideas” from Mr. Gruber.

“So the Democratic leadership told us that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was not a tax, even though they knew it was a tax — that’s pretty slimy,” Mr. Stewart said. “I guess all they can do now is go before the American people and say, ‘All right, we misled you.’

“Also, I think the Democrats can now come clean about how the bill was sold and Mr. Gruber’s involvement in that process,” he continued.

“Or,” he said before playing a clip of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi telling reporters last week: “I don’t know who [Mr. Gruber] is.”

Mr. Stewart’s smacked his forehead with his palm.

“Can you ever not-not disappoint us? You don’t know who he is?” he asked before showing a 2009 clip of Mrs. Pelosi praising Mr. Gruber by name for his analysis of the Affordable Care Act.

“Whoever that guy is,” Mr. Stewart said sarcastically, adding that the political deception is “pretty lousy.”

He wasn’t about to let Republicans get off the hook though. Mr. Stewart argued that the “strongest card” in the GOP’s deck “looks to be the Gruber.”

“Well good luck getting somebody to take up a federal case on the offhanded and somewhat [expletive] comments of some MIT egghead,” he said.

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