It was one of the funniest yet testy exchanges I have heard in a long time with these committees. Congressman Darrell Issa was pointed and not playing around when he took Jonathan Gruber to task for his answers or lack thereof.
During today’s testimony on the Hill, Gruber said his comments were uninformed, “glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting.” He said passage of the health law was transparent and heavily debated in public, despite his earlier comments. Gruber said he was not the “architect” of the law, and apologized for “inexcusable arrogance.”
Issa had an issue with Gruber’s statement. Here’s the exchange
“I’ve been accused that I’m going to berate you or something and I hope it won’t feel that way when I get done. But the night before last I was at the Kennedy Center honors where they honored Tom Hanks, who famously portrayed Forrest Gump. The ultimate successful stupid man,” Issa said. “Are you stupid?”
“I don’t think so, no,” Gruber said.
“Does MIT employ stupid people?” Issa asked.
“Not to my knowledge,” Gruber said.
“Okay. So you’re a smart man who said some, as the ranking member said, some really stupid things,” Issa said. “Is that correct?”
“The comments I made were really inexcusable,” Gruber said.