Extraordinary, but not really surprising. When the bill was finally announced in 2009, I read it from cover to cover, and found huge parts of it unitelligible.
Johnathan Gruber, an MIT professor of economics and one of the architects of Obamacare, makes it explicit. The law was written in tortured language so CBO would not recognize it as a tax (which the Supreme Court later did anyway). Moreover, the unreadability ensured allowed the Obamites exploit what Gruber called “the stupidity of the American voter,” who would otherwise have seen through the scheme.
His exact words: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… “ (emphasis mine)
Gruber opines that he would rather have the law than, not, which, in his 0.01-percenter mind, makes lying okay. Of course, he delicately refers to lying as “lack of transparency,” which has thus far been the one outstanding hallmark of the Obama process.