…there is no doubt that Obamacare created a lot of work for at least one American — MIT professor Jonathan Gruber. Grubers frank admissions that he and others deceived the public about Obamacare have drawn a lot of attention in recent days. But the money that Gruber made from Obamacare raises yet another issue about his involvement in the project. Throughout 2009 and 2010, he energetically advocated a bill from which he stood to profit. And when it became law, the money rolled in.
In 2009, as Obamacare was moving its way through Senate committees, Gruber, who had achieved a measure of fame as the architect of Romneycare in Massachusetts, was a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services. In March of that year, he received a contract for $95,000 to work on the project, and in June he received a second contract to continue that work; it was worth $297,600. Together, they comprise the ‘nearly $400,000’ that critics have said Gruber received to work on Obamacare.
But after the bill became law, Gruber made a good deal more from it. The Affordable Care Act provided for states to set up exchanges to sell taxpayer-subsidized insurance coverage. For those states that chose to do so, exchanges would have to be built from the ground up. Studies would have to be done. Contracts would be let.
In 2010, the state of Wisconsin, under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, paid Gruber $400,000 to do a study of the impact of healthcare reform. By the time Gruber finished his report, Republican Scott Walker had been elected governor and wasnt much interested in using Grubers study. ‘State officials did not invite Gruber to Wisconsin for the release of his study nor did they set up a conference call with him for reporters or even provide them with his contact information,’ the Madison, Wis., Capital Times reported. ‘That is unusual for an important report like this, which cost $400,000.’
In the two years between March 2011 and March 2013, the state of Minnesota paid Gruber $329,000 to study how to make its exchange conform with Affordable Care Act requirements…
I figured I should make at least one political post in honour of my birthday. Gruber has done us a favour – those who bother to inform themselves – with his frank admission that the political classes regularly seek to deceive ignorant voters in order to pass “what’s good for them.’ These are a special brand of scum sucking bottom feeders, and I hope they one day rot. Happy Birthday. via Grubergate shines spotlight on Obamacare profiteers | WashingtonExaminer.com.