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Health Care Reform: Another Reason Why America Would Be Better Were the Republican Party to Vanish from the Page of Time Today

Reid Pillifant:

Jon Gruber, Architect of Obama's health care plan, fears a 'political' decision by the Supreme Court, says Romney's lying: I asked [Gruber] about the difference between this [ObamaCare] plan and the kind that was espoused by former House speaker Newt Gingrich back then (and, briefly, in May of this year).

"Zero difference," he said. "This is, to my mind, the most blatantly obvious case of politics trumping policy I've ever seen in my life. Because this is an idea, that four or five years ago, Republicans were touting. A guy from the Heritage Foundation spoke at the bill signing in Massachusetts about how good this bill was."

He credited Mitt Romney for not totally disavowing the Massachusetts bill during his presidential campaign, but said Romney's attempt to distinguish between Obama's bill and his own is disingenuous.

"The problem is there is no way to say that," Gruber said. "Because they're the same fracking bill. He just can't have his cake and eat it too. Basically, you know, it's the same bill. He can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he's just lying. The only big difference is he didn't have to pay for his. Because the federal government paid for it. Where at the federal level, we have to pay for it, so we have to raise taxes."

To Gruber, the stakes for the court's decision couldn't be higher.

"Basically, this is the last hope for a free-market solution for covering the uninsured. If this fails, then you either give up on the uninsured or you go to single-payer. Those are the only two options left. And the Republicans, if they're willing to stand up and say, 'We give up on the uninsured,' then great, let them say that and let the voters come to the polls and decide, but they won't say that.

"Anyway, I'm just ranting because I'm upset."

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