- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2014

CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer said Sunday morning that he was “dumbstruck” by the controversial comments by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, arguing that if the law is as bad as Mr. Gruber says, he should have no problem returning the money he made off of it back to the American people.

Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who was paid $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. Though the comments are from last year, footage documenting them was picked up by news outlets this week.

Mr. Schieffer played another clip during his commentary segment on “Face the Nation” that showed Mr. Gruber making the claim that Obamacare was purposely “mislabeled.”

“Calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, and we all know it’s really a tax on people who hold those insurance plans,” he said in the 2011 clip.

Mr. Schieffer said it’s a “sorry state of American politics” when people can take money for something they believe in so little, arguing that maybe it’s time to give back the $400,000 Mr. Gruber made.

“I’ll be honest, while I favor health insurance, I am not wild about the new plan and how it became law either,” Mr. Schieffer said. “But here is my question for Mr. Gruber. If all this was as bad as you say, why did you take the money you earned as an adviser, nor is it too late to give it back?

“What we have here is another example of the sorry state of American politics where people take money for things in which they don’t believe and whether it’s good for the American people is not even a question. As for the president, he may want to consider that old politician’s prayer, ‘Lord, I can take care of my enemies; just protect me from my friends,’” he said.

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