In October of 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Jonathan Gruber who has been identified as one of the architects of Obamacare, made the following statement:
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really critical to getting the thing [Obamacare] to pass.”
Transparency means clarity. It means that information needed by voters to make a sound decision on an issue is fully known. It means that those presenting the issue tell the American public the truth. Without transparency and truth, the American voter cannot make a sound decision.
Transparency can prevent corruption. The lack of transparency propagates corruption by those who manipulate the truth. The lack of transparency is the lack of truth.
Professor Gruber’s statement, one of many similar statements, indicates that a conscious decision was made to not be transparent when presenting the facts of Obamacare to the American voter. In order to insure the passage of Obamacare, a conscious decision, on the part of the Obama administration, was made to not tell the truth to the American voter. Professor Gruber admits this was necessary to insure that the bill would be passed.
Professor Gruber indicates that “the stupidity of the American voter” was the reason the Obama administration was able to dupe the American public with a lack of transparency concerning Obamacare.
The American public is not stupid. They have the ability to make sound decisions when they are presented with truthful facts concerning an issue. No one can make a sound decision when they are only presented with untruths and obfuscations.
Only elitists would consider the American voter “stupid.” Only elitists would abandon the common good and the rights of the American voter in order to proceed with their own agenda.
The Common Good
The common good insures that the social systems and institutions, which we depend upon, must operate in a manner that benefits all people. An example of a particular common good is a just and fair government that does not deceive its citizens. The common good does not just happen. It must be attained through cooperative effort.
The common good is served when a government does not deceive its citizens in order to promote its leader’s own agenda. Demanding that others bear the burden for this deceit does not serve the common good of either the government or its citizens.
A right is a justified claim on others. The justification of a claim is dependent on some standard acknowledged and accepted not just by the claimant, but also society in general.
U. S. citizens have a right to expect that their elected officials, and staff, shall function in a manner that will allow citizens to accurately understand the impact of legislative changes. The social costs of abandoning this right will result in damage to the institutions and individuals honored with preserving this right.
When will the American voter demand that this administration cease untruths and obfuscation. The ultimate betrayal of a government is to knowingly deceive its citizens.