ACA architect claims law forced states to build exchanges

In a YouTube video that resurfaced Friday, Jonathan Gruber, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who advised the Obama administration when developing the Affordable Care Act in 2009, claimed the federal government would not help states that did not create their own exchanges to politically pressure them to do so. "The federal government has been sort of slow in putting out its backstop, I think partly because they want to sort of squeeze the states to [create their own exchanges]," he said in the video. "I honestly don't remember why I said that," he later told the New Republic. "I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake." Article