Spicer to Obamacare Architect: The Plan You Helped Create Hasn’t Done So Well

By Melanie Arter | March 15, 2017 | 1:24 PM EDT

Obamacare architect and MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had some words Tuesday for Obamacare architect and MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, who called any GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare “a scam.”

“Any replace[ment] that they would pass would result in millions of Americans losing health insurance, would result in higher premiums, and would result in a huge redistribution from the poor to the rich," Gruber said on Boston Herald Radio's "Herald Drive" show with John Sapochetti and Rick Shaffer. "Now if they are happy with that and they are willing to do that, I wouldn’t call that a replacement, I would call that a scam.”

When asked for his reaction to Gruber’s comments, Spicer said, “I think that the plan that he helped create hasn’t done so well for Americans seeking health insurance. Again, I have to go to the numbers, but just think about what he sought out to do. There was a pool of people that needed health care. They got about 9 million of them.

“You got 14.4-plus-or-minus millions of people who claimed a hardship exemption -- so they have no insurance; that are not receiving Medicaid; that don't qualify for any other assistance, who can't afford Obamacare. And then you've got another 6 million-plus that have chosen to pay the penalty,” he said.

“So I would argue that just on what he sought to achieve in the plan that he helped craft didn't achieve too many great results. Of the people that did get it, their premiums have gone sky high, their choices have gone down, and singlehandedly had a tremendous effect through the rest of the health care system,” Spicer said.  

“So people who weren’t even affected by Obamacare initially have now paid higher premiums and get less choices. So even for 175 million people who get employer-based healthcare, they felt the impact of what he sought out to do through higher prices, few choices,” he said.

“So, respectfully, I think that he should just hang out more time at MIT and focus -- and allow good ideas to continue to come forward so that we can focus on achieving the President's goal of doing what he sought out in the first place,” said Spicer.