The White House is placing a giant bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill. Now we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but a contractor to the White House.
If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.
Those who are critical of Obama need to remember something: health insurance reform is an achievement that has eluded presidents for decades. It's easy to criticize. It's not so easy to actually get things done.