The Brett Kimberlin Saga:

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jonathan Gruber’s Contempt for Democracy

So one name that has become familiar in the Obamacare debates is Professor Jonathan Gruber of MIT.  He was, as Reason succinctly puts it:

by most accounts, one of the key figures in constructing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. He helped designed the Massachusetts health care law on which it was modeled, assisted the White House in laying out the foundation of the law, and, according to The New York Times, was eventually sent to Capitol Hill "to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation." He provided the media with a stream of supportive quotes, and was paid almost $400,000 for his consulting work.

This leads a lot of people to focus on his words during discussions of the intent behind Obamacare, especially in dealing with the issues raised by my previous post of whether the tax credits are supposed to be available if the state fails to create an exchange.  For instance, via Twitchy we get this video comparing his statements about exchanges created by a state, here:

And Twitchy and other outlets focused on all of that, but most lawyers didn’t.  There is a myth in the public that the “spirit of the law” controls how a law is interpreted, or less vaguely, legislative intent.  No, it does not.  The letter of the law controls.  Things like legislative intent, the “spirit” of the law, even agency interpretation only come in when the law is not clear.  The rest of the time, the law is generally followed as written.

And why is this?  Because the people have a right to be able to open their statute books and have half a chance of understanding it.  As I quoted from Scalia when discussing a criminal law:

A criminal statute must clearly define the conduct it proscribes. If it does not “‘give a person of ordinary intelligence fair notice’” of its scope, United States v. Batchelder, 442 U. S. 114, 123 (1979), it denies due process.

And while it is less compelling in the case of a law with primarily civil effects like Obamacare, it is still important for a second reason: because we are the rightful sovereigns of this country.  The syllogism, is really pretty simple:

1.         As the sovereigns of this country, we have a right to determine what the law will be;

2.         We cannot intelligently decide what the law will be, unless first we understand what the law is;

3.         But if the plain text of the law can be ignored because of hidden lawyer tricks such as a nebulous “intent of the writers” then ordinary people have no chance of knowing what the law is.

4.         Therefore courts should follow the plain text to make the law understandable, and thus to promote democracy.*

All that might seem like a diversion, but in fact, I was trying to make you see a principle abstractly before I applied it to another situation.  A video of Mr. Gruber is making the rounds where he talks about the passage of Obamacare.  I don’t care about it from a legal standpoint—what he says is irrelevant unless the law is ambiguous.  But I want to point out what it says about his respect for Democracy:

If you cannot, or do not wish to, watch the video, this is what he said:

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO [Congressional Budget Office] scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that.  In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… 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....Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not."

A lot of people honed in on the line about the “stupidity of the American voter,” but the larger context is even worse than that.  He is saying that the bill was written in such a way as to positively frustrate the ability of the American people to comprehend the law.  And I will note that even seasoned jurists like Scalia claimed it would violate the Eighth Amendment to read the whole thing:

I have read many statutes and I can say with reasonable confidence that it is hard for most lawyers to understand and therefore you are not “stupid” if you don’t understand it.

And that was the design!  Write a law that (almost) no one could understand, shove it down an unwilling electorate with dubious tricks such as “deem and pass,” and then hope that the Republicans can’t repeal it.  This isn’t a respect for the will of the people: this is a disdain for them, including calling them stupid for being unable to read a law that Scalia himself found daunting.

I have become convinced, dear reader, that there is a faction of the left that simply doesn’t believe in democracy anymore.  They believe in getting in the “right” laws more than getting them in the right way.  I want to be clear.  I am not saying all of the left believes it, but there are enough people on the left that do that this is a serious problem.  And I will make it an ongoing theme of this blog to expose it.


* A lot of people I respect like to draw a distinction between the words “republic” and “democracy.”  Democracy comes from “Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ + -kratia ‘power, rule.’”  Meanwhile, republic comes from Latin “respublica, from res ‘entity, concern’ + publicus ‘of the people, public.’”  So at their roots they mean, more or less, the same thing.  There is certainly no support for the idea that a Republic implies the idea of representation or a constitution and there is no suggestion that the term “Democracy” implies direct voting on all questions, since it is proper to term America a “representative, constitutional democracy” as opposed to a “direct democray.”  So in my writing, the term “republic” and “democracy” and like terms are used interchangeable.


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I have accused some people, particularly Brett Kimberlin, of reprehensible conduct.  In some cases, the conduct is even criminal.  In all cases, the only justice I want is through the appropriate legal process—such as the criminal justice system.  I do not want to see vigilante violence against any person or any threat of such violence.  This kind of conduct is not only morally wrong, but it is counter-productive.

In the particular case of Brett Kimberlin, I do not want you to even contact him.  Do not call him.  Do not write him a letter.  Do not write him an email.  Do not text-message him.  Do not engage in any kind of directed communication.  I say this in part because under Maryland law, that can quickly become harassment and I don’t want that to happen to him.

And for that matter, don’t go on his property.  Don’t sneak around and try to photograph him.  Frankly try not to even be within his field of vision.  Your behavior could quickly cross the line into harassment in that way too (not to mention trespass and other concerns).

And do not contact his organizations, either.  And most of all, leave his family alone.

The only exception to all that is that if you are reporting on this, there is of course nothing wrong with contacting him for things like his official response to any stories you might report.  And even then if he tells you to stop contacting him, obey that request.  That this is a key element in making out a harassment claim under Maryland law—that a person asks you to stop and you refuse.

And let me say something else.  In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe that any person supporting me has done any of the above.  But if any of you have, stop it, and if you haven’t don’t start.


  1. Obama MADE THE LAW (OBAMACARE) UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON MARCH 6, 2014 BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE FIX “If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your PLAN till October 1, 2016, but only if the insurance commissioner of your state agrees”

    Three judges from the DC court of Appeals NOW CONTROL THE FATE OF OBAMACARE IN CASE 14-5183. The government responded on 17NOV2014. The judges are HENDERSON, SRINIVASIN & MILLETT.

    Lawyers from the American Freedom Law Center on October 16, 2014 filed a motion for an injunction pending appeal based on "unequal treatment under the law" for Obamacare BASED ON THE STATE YOU LIVE IN.


    Wikipedia is censoring Gruber "Stupidity Comments" at King v Burwell at

    The government censors will lock these pages just like they locked

    They also will prevent the pages below from even being created!!


    At 6:37 AM on 10/18/2014 it looked like the following:

    On January 18, 2012, Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who was a consultant on the ACA, said, "What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits."[21] On January 10, 2012, Gruber said, "... if your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits to be delivered to your citizens."[22]

    On November 13, 2014, Comments made by Jonathan Gruber—Obamacare’s architect—in which he stated he and his colleagues that were Democrats had concealed the health law’s true costs from the public in order to take advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter” just to pass the bill. Based on statements made in videos that Gruber’s remarks about the intelligence of the American voter were not spontaneous remarks, but a regular remark “punch line” in his standard speeches to audiences around the country. Three videos have been discovered. The first one made widely public was from the University of Pennsylvania of the 24th Annual Health Economics Conference in October 2013; the second was from a lecture that Mr. Gruber delivered at Washington University in St. Louis in October 2013, called the “Cost of health Care,” and third discovered to date was from the Fall 2012 Honors Colloquium, at the University of Rhode Island on November 1, 2012. The the University of Rhode Island speech was just prior to presidential election. Critics have cited these comments as important to the Supreme Court agreeing to review the case[23][24] [25] [26] [27]

    Gruber has characterized his earlier statements as "a mistake".[28] Gruber's statements have been widely quoted by proponents of the plaintiff's position, and were used in Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's case (Pruitt v. Burwell).[29][30] The quotes were also cited by the plaintiff's attorney for King v. Burwell in his appeal to the Supreme Court.[31][32]

  2. On December 31, 2013, (1:13-cv-02066-CKK/14-5183) United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Constitutional Challenge [Y]. Cutler v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al. Cutler challenges the constitutionality of the Act, both on its face and as applied to him and his constituents. Cutler asserts that the provision requiring individuals to obtain health insurance coverage or face monetary penalties violates the religion clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and a previous Supreme Court Decision, "1947 Everson v Board of Education", and allows the government to favor one religion over another religion. The process of empowering the United States Government to Certify that applicable individual is part of EXEMPT RELIGION or SECT, Cutler seeks a declaration that the Act is unconstitutional, invalid, and unenforceable. Cutler also seeks to "rollback" the law to the status it had prior to 2014 on various grounds, arguing that the law NOW violates the Constitution by allowing unequal protection under the law.(If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your PLAN till October 1, 2016, but only if the insurance commissioner of your state agrees[16]). Notice of Appeal was filed on July 25, 2014. On August 11, 2014 a notice of related case was filed for the case of State of West Virginia v United States HHS,et al (1:14-cv-01287-RBW). Lawyers David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise from the American Freedom Law Center are handling the appeal. On October 16, 2014 an injunction pending appeal was filed based on "unequal treatment under the law". Oral argumentss by Robert Muise May 12, 2015. Robert Muise also represents Pamela Geller. The event sponsored by Pamela Geller was attacked by 2 terrorists on May 4, 2015 in Garland Texas. On May 28, 2015, a free speech rally outside the Phoenix mosque allegedly attended by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, the two gunmen who were killed at the Garland, Texas, event hosted by Pamela Geller. [2][3][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]