(NaturalNews) The architect of the Affordable Care Act who is the focus of much controversy following a series of admissions that the passage of President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation could only be achieved by lying to the American people published a paper during the Clinton presidency noting that legalizing abortion had saved Uncle Sam $14 billion in assistance to poor mothers and cut the crime rate.
As reported by WorldNetDaily, Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor of economics — who wrote the paper (see it here[PDF]) with fellow economists Phillip Levine of Wellesley College and Douglas Staiger of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government — “argued… that without the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, ‘marginal children’ would have been born to many poor mothers.”
In addition, the trio argued that statistics indicated that such children would be 70 percent more likely to live in a single-parent home, 40 percent more likely to live in poverty, 50 percent more likely to need welfare benefits and 35 percent more likely to die as an infant.
Further, journalist Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven D. Levitt relied on Gruber’s paper in their 2005 bestselling tome Freakonomics to argue that abortion legalization led to a 50-percent reduction in crime in major U.S. cities in the early 1990s.
In recent days, videos of Gruber’s remarks at a University of Pennsylvania event last year regarding how his Obamacare legislation was written to be intentionally confusing to congressional bean counters and the American public surfaced, angering millions of people and sending the Obama Administration into massive spin mode. White House spokesman Josh Earnest actually blamed Republicans for Gruber’s comments, though not a single GOP member voted for it in 2010. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who once famously remarked about Obamacare that “we have to pass it to know what’s in it,” denied that she even knew Gruber, though she praised his work in 2009.
During his talk at the University of Pennsylvania, Gruber told his audience that the law was intentionally misleading and obscured so that it would pass.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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