Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and one-time architect of the Affordable Care Act, has been in the news a lot over the past two weeks.
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A series of videos have revealed Gruber making frank and apologetic remarks about the legislative and political maneuvers used by the Obama administration — apparently as his suggestion or at least with him along for the ride — during the run-up to the passage of the ACA in 2010. It’s newsworthy because Gruber’s comments about the “stupidity of the American voter” expose one of the great truths about politics: it’s fine to lie to the people, but it’s never okay to admit to having lied to them.

This scandal will, like so many before it, soon fade from the headlines.

While public attention is fleeting, many issues raised by the Gruber videos will soon be sitting before the most important legal minds of the country.