If you've followed the news in the last few days, you've likely heard of Jonathan Gruber. If you haven't, you should. He "helped write" ObamaCare and was paid handsomely for it--$400,000 to be "a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop the technical details as well." That's according to Gruber himself.
So why is he in the news? Because he's been caught on tape multiple times calling Americans "stupid" and saying that taking advantage of voters' "stupidity" was key to getting ObamaCare passed.
Here's what he said in November 2013: "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 to get anything to pass." more >>
The U.S. State Department confirmed Thursday that it's transporting an Ebola patient from Sierra Leone to Nebraska for life-saving treatment.
Dr. Martin Salia, a citizen of Sierra Leone who's also a legal permanent U.S. resident, was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday.
Salia, a 44-year-old surgeon, had been working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, and is reportedly in stable condition. According to The Associated Press, he will be flown to the U.S. for treatment on Saturday. more >>
The "Obamacare" architect who said the healthcare law was intentionally confusing so that "stupid" America voters would not understand it, claims that Republicans are trying to confuse Americans about the law.
The "master strategy of the Republican Party ... is to confuse people enough about the law so that they don't understand that the subsidies they're getting is because of the law," Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Tuesday in an interview with WGBH in Boston.
Gruber helped design the ACA, as well as the Massachusetts healthcare law upon which the ACA is based. more >>
A recently released study has shown that there is a connection between marijuana usage and the volume of gray matter a person may have.
Published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was overseen by researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas, The Mind Research Network of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, and Advance MRI, LLC of Frisco, Texas.
"…we measured gray matter (GM) volume via structural MRI across the whole brain by using voxel-based morphology, synchrony among abnormal GM regions during resting state via functional connectivity MRI, and white matter integrity (i.e., structural connectivity) between the abnormal GM regions via diffusion tensor imaging in 48 marijuana users and 62 age- and sex-matched nonusing controls," read the abstract. more >>
The time for Republican self-congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests?
It is not reassuring that some Republican Party strategists think they won because they purged controversial candidates who might make a campaign gaffe—and who might upset the ruling elite's agenda if they got elected. Or that Democrats seem confident that Republicans will "work together" with them to continue the Progressive agenda—or else Obama will do it all by himself.
Republicans can no longer blame Harry Reid for their failure to repeal or defund ObamaCare. They can't just take symbolic votes and complain (not too loudly) when bills get bottled up in the Senate. It's on them now. more >>
The decision by a United Kingdom High Court judge to allow a British mother to legally euthanize her 12-year-old daughter, who was suffering from a host of non-life threatening disabling disorders, is drawing strong criticism from many disability advocates who say the decision sets a dangerous precedent that will allow guardians of other disabled people to do the same.
In August, Charlotte Fitzmaurice Wise legally authorized the euthanasia of her daughter, Nancy, after she successfully petitioned the U.K. High Court to allow her to end her daughter's pain and misery.
Nancy, who was born blind and diagnosed with hydrocephalus, meningitis and septicaemia, suffered constant pain and was never able to talk, walk, eat or drink on her own. Her condition required 24-hour hospital care, where she could only be fed, hydrated and medicated through tubes. more >>