This morning on CNN, M.I.T. professor of economics Dr. Jonathan Gruber stated Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “a liar” with regard to Obama’s national healthcare law and Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare. In an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, he openly expressed his discontent with Romney’s attempts to mislead the public and distort the effects of the healthcare law. How would Gruber know? He is the core architect of Romney’s healthcare bill. He used his extensive knowledge of supply side economics to compile a theory into practicum. While no direct answer has been given to the complex issue of creating affordable healthcare, his approach is self-described as a “spaghetti tactic.” This requires “throwing all things possible at the wall and seeing what sticks.”
Gruber states that based on the large reduction of uninsured persons in the state and lowered cost, Obama selected him to design the same on a national level. Gruber says that Romney is purposely misleading the public. When asked to discuss the misleading statements he pointed out two particular issues that visibly annoyed him most.
As in other publications and his interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Gruber discusses his current disdain with Romney’s political amnesia. He states Romney’s claim that the bill national law raises taxes is a complete fabrication. He insists it will work in the same fashion as it has in Massachusetts. Gruber points out that most of the Massachusetts program was paid for by the federal government, not the state.
Romney often attempts to distance himself from what many in Massachusetts have called part of his legacy. He says the largest distinction in the Massachusetts law and the national healthcare law is that there is no individual mandate required by the state of Massachusetts. “Not true,” said Gruber. The state and federal law both have individual mandates. Gruber suggested and stands by the need for an individual mandate reasoning that it eliminates the “free rider” issue when ill, uninsured individuals turning to emergency rooms for treatment.
Part of the motivation to separate himself is political. Another would be the not often discussed negative issues that resulted from the law he governed. As with the Obamacare, the healthcare law in Massachusetts has not been free of controversy. Boston Medical Center sued the state because the bi-product of the state sponsored universal healthcare law placed the hospital in dire financial straits. The hospital stated that it was only reimbursed for about .64 per every dollar it spent caring for the poor. It left them in a deficit of $38 million dollars. Gruber feels that these issues can be corrected by removing the pay-by-fee service doctors currently charge patients and move toward a more universal fee to stabilize pricing and services. In order to get to these issues, the state had to first accept the starting process. For Gruber, the starting process is universal healthcare. He touts how well it has worked in the stated, even with a few outliers. One thing he is clear about is Mitt Romney’s full understanding of the law and how it works in Massachusetts. He is also poignantly aware that Romney is, in his opinion, purposely not being forthright about his role, his design and his approval of all parts of the law, how it works and why it would be beneficial nationally.
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