It has come out (in case you didn’t know already), that ObamaCare has been a big con.

Video discovered of Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economics professor and Obama administration consultant on the “Affordable Care Act,” now reveals that ObamaCare was written so as to deceive. Only through deceit could it pass. Don’t call it a “tax.” Count on the “stupidity” of the American electorate. Don’t tell them the plan is to make “the healthy” pay for “the sick.”

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scores the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay? So it was written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money – it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for getting the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.

You can hear him yourself here:

So much for claims of transparency in government and of being the “most ethical administration” ever. So much for listening to the American people. We now know – if we didn’t believe it beforehand – that premiums are going up and you can’t keep your doctor. And those will be the least of the problems.

But the deceit is not limited to the politicians. Thanks to former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkinsson, we’re now hearing more about deceit in the press. It used to have “investigative reporters” willing to “speak truth to power.” They’d work “sources,” look for “leaks,” and rally-round “whistleblowers” at places like the Nixon Whitehouse, the Pentagon and Big Tobacco.

Now their whistles toot a different tune or no tune at all. There was a “leak” within CBS. Attkinsson actually had to blow the whistle on CBS News itself.

You may not remember the occasion. It was after the second 2012 Presidential debate, Romney v. Obama. The American consulate in Benghazi had been overrun and America’s Ambassador and others killed. Romney faulted Obama for taking 14 days to attribute the attack to “terrorism.” Obama claimed he hadn’t delayed. The CNN debate moderator (improperly and surprisingly – or maybe not) interjected and sided with Obama. Romney was left to look ignorant if not even deceitful.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, CBS News’ marquee show for investigative reporting, “60 Minutes,” had already interviewed Obama about Benghazi. It’s star reporter, Steve Croft, had asked Obama specifically about Benghazi and terrorism the day after the attack. Obama’s response? No real basis to conclude it was terrorism. Too early to tell.

Croft: “This morning you went out of your way to avoid using the word ‘terrorism’ in connection with the Libya attack.  Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?”

Obama: “Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved. But, obviously, it was an attack on Americans.”

Romney had been right about Obama after all.

But after the Presidential debate ended, the debate in public continued for weeks: Did he or didn’t he? Had Obama blamed terrorism or not? The underlying story was, of course, is Obama soft on terrorism? Can Americans really trust him to protect them?

Croft and CBS sat on the information. All they needed to do to settle the debate was release the video they had. They did not. It took a “source,” a “leaker,” a “whistleblower” within CBS to expose the deceit. Attkinsson is frank:

Let me say that that exchange, I believe, should have been pulled out immediately after the debate, which would have been very newsy at the time. It was exclusive to CBS. It would have, it appears to me, proven Romney’s point against Obama. But that clip was kept secret. I was covering Benghazi, and nobody told me that we had it and, in fact, directed me from the ‘Evening News’ to a different clip from the same interview to give the misimpression that the president had done the opposite.

And it was only right before the election that somebody kind of leaked out the transcript to others of us as CBS and we were really shocked. I mean we saw that was something very unethical done to have kept covered up.

The ‘Evening News’ people who had access to that transcript, according to the emails I saw when it was sent from ’60 Minutes’ to ‘Evening News’ the very day it was taken, they, in my view, skipped over it, passed it up, kept it secret throughout the whole time when it would have been relevant to the news. And I think that was because they were trying to defend the president and they thought that would be harmful to him.

The quote above is from Attkinsson’s interview on Fox News with Howard Kurtz here:

She’s given additional information here:

It’s a great thing that America has a free press: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom…of the press” (United States Constitution, Amendment I, 1791). A free press is essential to making the truth known. It’s even freer now with the advent of the internet. Three cheers for Attkinsson and the CBS News employee with the will to whistle the tune that rang true. Hip, hip, hooray for the video clip of Mr. Gruber. This information is good to have, important to know.

Jesus said “The truth shall set you free.” He was talking first and foremost about himself and his work of saving sinners from eternal judgment. That brings freedom at the most fundamental level of life. But there is a broader principle at work. We need to know the truth in order to make informed and wise decisions for everyday life.

The more we know the truth, the better off we’ll be. Dig deeper.

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