Steve Rattner was known as the Obama administration’s “car czar.” He served as the president’s chief adviser on the auto industry and he headed up the Cash for Clunkers program.
Rattner should know an Obama administration policy architect when he sees one.
Rattner saw one in Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who has been caught on tape disclosing the dishonesty behind the venture, and who must therefore be relegated to the status of “some adviser who never worked on our staff” (President Obama’s words).
Rattner isn’t buying this latest Obamacare deception. He had this to say on Morning Joe today:
Jonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care. I remember that when I was in the White House, he was certainly viewed as an important figure in helping to put Obamacare together.
I think if you go back and look at the Washington Post or the New York Times or anything from that period you will find Jonathan Gruber’s name all over it as both someone who’s the leading expert on health care quoted by everybody, and as someone who the White House was using — I don’t think we knew the dollar numbers he was paid at the time.
For the record, the dollar number appears to be around $400,000 in federal funds.
Why is the White House attempting to crop Gruber out of the Obamacare photo despite overwhelming evidence that he was an important presence? Why doesn’t the White House simply say it disagrees with Gruber’s characterizations?
Because the Obama White House is manned by liars, most notably Obama himself.