MSNBC Interview with Jonathan Gruber, former Romney health care consultant, MIT professor of economics:
O'Donnell: "Come on, come clean. You were in the room with Obama discussing health care reform and you did in fact work with the Romney administration in Massachusetts. Come on, professor, you gotta tell us the truth here."
GRUBER: The truth is that the Affordable Care Act is essentially based on what we accomplished in Massachusetts. It's the same basic structure applied nationally. John McDonough, one of the other advisors who worked in both Massachusetts and advised the White House said it's the Massachusetts bill with three more zeros, and that's basically a good description of what the federal bill did.
O'Donnell: "So, obviously, the Massachusetts experience, with it was part of what moved him in the direction that -- where he ended up?"
GRUBER: You know when I was advising both the Obama administration and Congress throughout 2009, the number of times I got asked, "How did you do it in Massachusetts? What made it work in Massachusetts?" the administration and the Congress were taking a big leap into unknown territory, and the fact that they had that example to lean on was so, I think, comforting to them in taking that step.
O'Donnell says, "Romney makes a very strong point about the Obama bill is full of taxes to pay for it, and the Romney bill did not have tax increases in it to pay for it."
GRUBER: Yeah, that's technically true, but intellectually not really straightforward. Basically in Massachusetts the financing for our bill came half from the federal government and half from an existing tax that former governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis had put in 1988 to finance care for the uninsured. So we didn't have to raise tax in Massachusetts 'cause the money was already there. At the federal level we didn't have that luxury. It wasn't like China was gonna come pay half the cost of the Affordable Care Act. There was no bigger government coming to help us out, and so we needed to raise taxes to finance it.
So in conclusion 49 other states' tax payers helped support Romney Care. You guys have a problem with the Affordable healthcare act but see nothing wrong with 49 other states' tax payers paying for a service they recieve no benefits from and still support this guy. Halarious to me.
Found the video now that I'm on my home PC.