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November 13th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Democrats denounce, distance selves from Obamacare architect

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Thursday objected to remarks by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare. Gruber's comments from past speeches have just recently surfaced, and are getting attention due to his suggestion that those pushing Obamacare deceived voters.

"If you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in - if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, OK? Just like how people - transparent - lack of transparency is a huge advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass," Gruber said in 2013.

Gruber added he wished "we could make it all transparent. But I'd rather have this law than not."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Thursday said he "vigorously disagreed" with the MIT professor. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took it even further, saying when she was asked about Gruber: "I don't know him. He didn't help write our bill."

Actually Gruber did help write the bill, he was a paid adviser to the Obama White House. And back in 2009, Pelosi praised Gruber's analysis of how the bill will bring down insurance rates.

"This is not good," said CNN senior political commentator and former Obama press secretary Jay Carney.

"(He) speaks from the ivory tower with remarkable hubris about the American voter and by extension the American Congress," said Carney.

"It gives Republicans more to be suspicious about. What was that lack of transparency? Did they take advantage of the less than intelligent American people?" said CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Ana Navarro.

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