**Originally written by Michael Vass at Binghamton Political Buzz Examiner.com**
As the Christmas holiday, and the end of the year, approaches there is a bug that is spreading across Washington D.C. This bug has already hit President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. It was on full display among the members of the House Oversight Committee on December 9, 2014. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Darryl Issa, and many other members were all affected. But oddly, this affliction affects Democrats and Republicans quite differently.
The bug in question is Gruber-itis. Named after its creator Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist that helped to create the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamcare) and was paid some $400,000 for his efforts. Gruber-itis is a unique virus that only affects the political health of certain individuals, political parties, and long questioned legislation. It apparently can sit dormant for a couple of years until sparked into overdrive by media attention. A by-product of Gruber-itis is widespread and overly generalized insults to the majority of America.
The symptoms of Gruber-itis, differs with Party affiliation and can have more severe effect in those more influential within that Party. It can cause deep former-Speaker of the House. It can cause intense back-pedaling which will often lead those afflicted to fall flat on their face. Redness of skin, similar to being highly embarrassed, and the inability to speak (or speaking double-talk) are also common signs of an infected Democrat. A large disregard for the consequences of what is said is not uncommon either, as Rep. Elijah Cummings displayed,
“Let it be clear, I’m extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber’s statements. They were irresponsible, incredibly disrespectful, … But worst of all, Dr. Gruber’s statements gave Republicans a public relations gift…”
As for Republicans, the result is quite different. Those affected can be emboldened, speak with a sharp tongue, and find career academics discreditable in their calculations. Oversight Chairman Rep. Issa is notable, but hardly the only Republican in Congress to display this effect. Rep Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is a key example of this affect on Republicans
So far the only known cure for affected Democrats is to stop speaking, as suggested by Dr. Jonathan Gruber himself. An alternative to this treatment, speaking only the truth, was quickly rejected by the creator of this political plague (in an interview on WGBH). Another alternative, the whitewashing delivered by pro-Obamacare pundits and commentators, has proven to be ineffective thus far – but is still being attempted regardless of results.
Thus far all Republicans affected have refused treatments to try to stop the spread of Gruber-itis. It is projected that at the current rate of spread, the 2016 Presidential election – especially Republican candidates – will be caught up with some degree of Gruber-itis. Several Democrat hopefuls for 2016 are trying experimental inoculations of distancing themselves from affected Democrats, and avoiding discussion of the underlying cause (Obamacare) to try to prevent catching Gruber-itis.
Currently, major media spin doctors are offering the general public conflicting advice. From the far-left the public is being told that Gruber-itis will blow over quickly. They advise that the public do nothing and at all cost not to look into any of the underlying implications that created the virus – especially watching YouTube videos of Dr. Jonathan Gruber speaking about his work for the White House.
From the more Conservative side of the media, deep immersion is recommended. It is suggested that the public take a long look at the ramifications of Obamacare, as well as its application currently still being developed after a year of partial implementation. Review of costs of healthcare insurance since 2013, and pending in 2015, is mandatory. Reliving broken promises and highlighting factual errors since 2010 is essential.
It should be noted that while major media coverage is commonly at fault for fanning political fires, and creating mountains out of mole hills (commonly during Republican presidencies, though not unheard of in Democrat presidencies), Gruber-itis has been relatively untouched. It has been obscured by unilateral Executive Orders and a domestic Ebola non-plague. In addition there is the sudden release of highly controversial and international policy damaging revelations on CIA operations dampening the impact of media coverage on Gruber-itis.
The final impact of Gruber-itis on the voting population of America is not known at this time.