If you follow the video link to YouTube, you can watch much longer versions of his remarks in context, which makes them even worse.
Most of the controversy surrounds Gruber's insults directed at American voters. He called American voters stupid and economically illiterate, and accuses Americans of not caring about the uninsured. His solution, then (in his own words) was to "[exploit] the lack of economic understanding of the American voter", and to use the "tortured way" in which the bill was written, and the bill's "lack of transparency" to trick American voters into accepting a law they would have otherwise rejected.
Gruber's statements shouldn't be controversial. Gruber is right. Sort of. If you actually believed that "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor", and "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan", and that Obamacare would cover the supposed 40 million uninsured Americans, and that Obamacare would cover preexisting illnesses, all while "bend[ing] the cost curve down" and not "add[ing] a dime to the national deficit", then you sir/ma'am really are naive, gullible, economically illiterate - and yes - stupid.
In other words, Gruber is saying that "Liberals" are stupid, because "Liberals" swallowed every lie that Gruber - and more importantly, every Democrat politician - sold them, hook, line and sinker.
|Ladies and gentlemen: Gruber is referring to you.|
Conservatives and Libertarians have been warning the country about all of Gruber's and the Democrats' lies since 2009. Conservatives and Libertarians aren't Gruber's "stupid", economically illiterate, stingy voters. "Liberals" are.
Possibly the most important part of this whole controversy is that Gruber unintentionally gave the whole world a glimpse into how Leftists think.
Leftists believe ordinary people are too stupid to make decisions for themselves, and too stingy to care for the needy through voluntary charity. Leftists therefore believe that ordinary people need Leftist elites - like Gruber and all the Democrats who forced this monstrosity on the rest of us - to make decisions for ordinary folk and force them to care for the needy at gun point, through taxation.
The fact that charity provides politicians with no opportunity for graft, and taxation offers myriads of opportunities for graft, never enters the Leftist elites' minds, of course. It's all for the children, you see.
So, thank you, Jonathan Gruber, for being honest. Even if you never meant to be.