Jonathan Gruber, the now notorious Obamacare architect, may just well be the most toxic man in America. He has managed to offend literally all of the American public by referring to the “stupidity of the American voter,” calling his countrymen “too stupid,” and claiming that we have a “lack of economic understanding.”th-1

These comments and more were made in at least six video clips from various conferences during which Gruber explained the way Americans were fooled into supporting Obamacare through a series of mischaracterizations about the true nature of the policy points buried in the law.

The news on Gruber has changed in recent days from what he said to what he made – in dollars and cents. Turns out Gruber made a lot of money – taxpayer money – fooling the American people he holds in such low regard. The National Review, the Washington Examiner, and the Washington Times all have an accounting of the sums he made from the federal government and the states as they worked to write and then implement Obamacare. Here is an incomplete tally:

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: $392,600
  • Minnesota: $329,000
  • Michigan: $481,050
  • Vermont: $400,000
  • West Virginia: $121,500
  • Wisconsin: $400,000
  • Maine, Colorado, and Oregon also hired Gruber

But let’s get back to just who Gruber is calling stupid.

Obamacare passed without one Republican vote and against the wishes of the vast majority of the American people. It took some serious wheeling and dealing to encourage some of the Democrats that did vote for Obamacare to do so which points to the fact that Obamacare was detested by a broad range of Americans – Republicans, Independents, many Democrats, and most people in between.

The state of Ohio passed the Health Care Freedom Amendment in response to Obamacare which declared the freedom of Ohioans to make their own choices about their health care and the people of Missouri passed a law which accomplished much the same thing. These proposals passed overwhelmingly in both Ohio and Missouri – two important swing states.

34 states have refused to set up a state-based Obamacare exchange and 23 states have not implemented Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

So, just who is Gruber calling stupid?  Most Americans knew Obamacare was a bad deal from the outset. They were not the least bit duped by what Gruber apparently believes is a set of ingenious fool tactics.

The only people stupid (to use Gruber’s term) enough to go along with Obamacare was Gruber himself, the Obama administration, and the Democrats in Congress who voted for it.  Of course, there were a few others scattered here and there, but these parties wrote it, pushed it forward, and made it law. Oh, and we should include Chief Justice John Roberts on this list as it took his single-handed act of contortion to keep it law.

So there you go. The American people really have no reason to feel offended by Gruber’s misplaced remarks. If Gruber wants to call someone stupid, he should just look in the mirror.