Dear God but the Left is going to hate that term by the time we're done with it. Via Breitbart: "An audio clip from a public appearance [Jonathan] Gruber made at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on January 10, 2012 reveals he made the same connection between subsidies and state-based exchanges on at least one other occasion (hat tip to MorgerR)."
Here's the video (actually, audio clip on Youtube):
...and it's pretty clear that in 2012 Jonathan Gruber fully endorsed the idea that the federal government did not set up Obamacare subsidies to be accessible to federal exchange policyholders and that that was a good thing. Gruber considered that a feature, not a bug: the idea was that the lack of subsidy money would push states without exchanges to set them up, or else suffer the wrath of the electorate*. It wasn't until so many states declined to sign up that the Democrats changed their tune.
And here's the thing: changing your tune is one thing. Lying about it? Something else entirely. Which is something that The New Republic, and Vox, and Mother Jones, and the rest of the Gruber Troofers will need to come to grips with. Quickly, because this is all actually highly offensive, particularly since the people involved have made a somewhat swarmy living out of pretending to be impartial and objective. 'Reality-based community,' my Aunt Sally...
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Whether or not this would actually happen is up for debate. Because, let's face it: the Democrats have been horrible at judging popular opinion on this issue since the very beginning.