Obamacare’s sheer breadth cloaks numerous other wolves in sheep’s clothing. Millions of Americans are now discovering this first-hand during Obamacare’s second enrollment season, finding higher health care costs and fewer choices when they thought they’d find the opposite.
This is the most important lesson to be learned from Jonathan Gruber’s honesty: The bigger and more complex the bill, the more vulnerable it is to political manipulation — and the more likely it is to deceive the American people. Obamacare epitomizes why Congress should tackle such sweeping reforms with a piecemeal, straightforward, and transparent approach. Hopefully the incoming Congress will remember this as they take up health care reforms of their own.