Remember the Cadillac tax deception that Gruber admitted was crafted by John Kerry to deceive the American people into thinking their taxes weren’t increasing? Well it turns out that Obama was in on it from the beginning:
So everyone in the room said, “You want something that is real cost control that we know it will work, go after this.”
Now, the problem is, it’s a political nightmare, … and people say, “No, you can’t tax my benefits.” So what we did a lot in that room was talk about, well, how could we make this work? And Obama was like, “Well, you know” — I mean, he is really a realistic guy. He is like, “Look, I can’t just do this.” He said: “It is just not going to happen politically. The bill will not pass. How do we manage to get there through phases and other things?” And we talked about it. And he was just very interested in that topic.
Once again, that ultimately became the genesis of what is called the Cadillac tax in the health care bill, which I think is one of the most important and bravest parts of the health care law and doesn’t get nearly enough credit.
During the 2008 campaign Obama accused McCain of wanting to tax these cadillac plans. In December of 2009 Obama told NPR he was on record as supporting the taxation of cadillac plans. Of course, now we know he did do it and just hid it from the American people.