- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Just hours after Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said sorry for referring to the “stupidity of the American voter,” a second video surfaced of him saying essentially the same thing on a different occasion — once again calling the U.S. electorate “stupid.”

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly played the clip on “The Kelly File,” right after she showed Mr. Gruber talking on “Ronan Farrow Daily” on MSNBC and apologizing for his earlier remarks.

“But now tonight,” Ms. Kelly said, The Daily Caller reported, “more video has surfaced showing this was not the first time Mr. Gruber called the American people stupid in an ‘off-the-cuff’ remark.”

Ms. Kelly introduced her next clip as hailing from last year, at a time when Mr. Gruber was explaining how Democrats tinkered with Obamacare language to make sure that it passed congressional and court muster.

The five-second clip showed Mr. Gruber saying Obamacare passed in part because “the American people are too stupid to understand the difference,” he said, the video revealed.

The video seems to be from a lecture that Mr. Gruber delivered at Washington University in St. Louis in October 2013, called the “Cost of health Care,” The Daily Caller said. In the 31-minute session, Mr. Gruber was talking about the dubbed “Cadillac tax” of Obamacare that increased the amount those with high-end insurance packages had to pay.

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This second clip follows one released a couple days ago that showed Mr. Gruber crediting the passage of Obamacare to the “stupidity” of voters during remarks also delivered months ago.

His full comment: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass. … Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Mr. Gruber went on MSNBC to apologize for those comments, which he admitted were inappropriate.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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