The controversy over Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber saying the bill only passed due to the “stupidity of the American voter” has officially reached the White House.
Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, who is traveling abroad with President Obama, broached the topic Thursday with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest during a news briefing in Myanmar, much to Earnest’s dismay.
Question and answer begins around 48-second mark:
“Didn’t the president promise unprecedented transparency?” Henry asked. “Why would one of the architects of the law suggest that you were misleading people?”
“Well, I’m not sure, frankly, Ed,” Earnest said. “The fact of the matter is the process associated with writing and passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act has been extraordinarily transparent.”
Earnest fell back on requisite Democratic talking points to attack Republicans for not being transparent about the law, but Henry responded by suggesting that the White House “mislead people.”
“Well, again, it sounds like you may have watched the video a few more times than I have,” Earnest answered dismissively.
There was no remorse offered when Ernest was asked if he feels “bad” about Gruber’s remarks.
“I disagree vigorously with that assessment, I think is what I would say,” he responded. “I think the fact of the matter is this was a very difficult undertaking, but ultimately this is a law that has had significant benefits for millions of people that have been able to sign up through the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act.”
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