Krauthammer: WH Claims About Gruber Are 'Clintonian Wordplay'
A new report has found that ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber worked more closely with the White House than previously known.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that White House staffers frequently consulted the MIT economist about the Affordable Care Act.
Between January 2009 and March 2010, roughly 20,000 pages of emails were sent by Gruber, where he discussed media interviews, consultations with lawmakers and also how to publicly describe his role.
The Supreme Court released the emails as it prepares to rule on the legality of federal health insurance exchange subsidies, Fox News reported.
Back in November 2014, Gruber became the center of a political storm when video footage of him surfaced taking part in a 2013 panel discussion about ObamaCare. Gruber said the administration wrote the bill "in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies ... lack of transparency is a huge political advantage ... and basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass."
President Barack Obama referred to Gruber as "some adviser who never worked on our staff" at the time of the controversy.
However, Gruber's emails appear to reference at least one meeting with Obama. In another email, Gruber was thanked as "our hero" by a top Obama health adviser, the Wall Street Journal reported.
On "Special Report" tonight, Charles Krauthammer reacted to how the White House is handling this latest controversy.
"The White House dealing with this is a classic example of Clintonism. This was a Clintonian explanation," Krauthammer stated. "Yes, he did not work at the White House, meaning he wasn't an employee, but he got almost half a million dollars as a contract worker."
Krauthmmer said Gruber was working "with and for" the White House. He said this is "all wordplay."
"Everybody understands he was a big part of this. Architect or not, he was the general contractor, if you want I don't care," Krauthammer added. "But he was important and what he said revealed the underlying motives that embarrassed the administration and that we all know were true."
Watch more in the video above.