Working with the Center for American Progress, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber put together this video cartoon in 2012 to “explain” to stupid Americans how Obamacare works and why the individual mandate is necessary.
Of course, the Obamacare cartoon by Gruber includes the often told lie that Americans would be able to keep their insurance if the liked it:
It represents an expansion of private insurance and will allow those who are happy with their insurance to keep their plans.
When discussing the mandate, Gruber argues that it’s necessary to force people into the market or else they will drive up health care costs for everyone:
A key element of the ACA is the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. Without the mandate, many healthy people will delay paying for overpriced insurance until they are sick. When they stay out of the market, it drives up costs even more for all of us.
Gruber goes on to describe the mandate as the spinach we must eat for insurance to be FAIRLY PRICED FOR EVERYONE:
The mandate is the spinach we have to eat in order to get the dessert that is fairly priced insurance for all.
Of course we all know that Obamacare is NOT fairly priced for everyone. When Obamacare kicked in and many people lost the insurance they liked so much, many of those people saw their rates double, triple, or even quadruple in some cases with their brand new Obamacare insurance, with no subsidies available.
Perhaps that’s why he called it ‘spinach’.
Watch the full cartoon below: