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MAY 9, 2017

     Gruber is plain dumb.  ObamaCare co-architect Jonathan Gruber -- who infamously said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the measure to become law -- now blames Trump for rising premium costs.  “Whose fault is this?” Gruber asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “Since President Trump has been elected … premiums are going up and insurers are exiting.”  Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor, argued that perceived rising premium costs are really a one-time increase in 2016 to cover “massively underpriced” policies for the first two years of the 2010 law.  He also said the increase “fixed” the problem because insurance companies then showed signs of profitability and talked optimistically about continued participation in the program.

     Right now, major ObamaCare insurers are pulling out of Iowa and Virginia exchanges, leaving many customers with one or no options and putting the state exchanges in jeopardy of collapse.  Gruber also argued Sunday that Trump contributed to ObamaCare’s rising prices and fewer policy options for Americans because he “undercuts open enrollment.”  Trump shortly after taking office cut advertising days before the January 2017 signup deadline.  Gruber was never part of the Obama administration but was a top adviser, purportedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for his input.

     Gruber still thinks Americans are dumb to believe that Obamacare's failure and flaws has anything to do with Trump.
 
 
 

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