The Halbig case has forced the Obama administration and the ‘Obamacare architects’ to suggest that the line stating that subsidies must go through state exchanges is a typo. And that’s exactly what this Obamacare/Romneycare architect, Jonathan Gruber, told Chris Matthews the other day:
Chris, it is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states. And why would they? Look, the law says that people are only subject to the mandate if they can afford insurance, if it`s less than 8 percent of their income. If you get rid of these subsidies, 99 percent of the people who would get subsidies can no longer afford insurance, so you destroy the mandate. Why would Congress set up the mandate and go through all that political battle to allow it to be destroyed? It`s just simply a typo, and it`s really criminal that this has even made it as far as it has.
It’s just a typo! Got it?
Well that’s not entirely true, according to the same Jonathan Gruber back in 2012:
What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.
I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.
Gruber CLEARLY states that only citizens in states with exchanges get their tax credits, or subsidies. And he hoped that political reality was blatant enough to force states to set up their own exchanges.
See, these people will lie right to your face and not even blink. And that is evil.