Follow the money-economist Gruber touted Obamacare under contract with HHS - $297,600

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    Follow the money-economist Gruber touted Obamacare under contract with HHS - $297,600

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    He's been paid $297,600, according to federal documents, to produce "a technical memorandum on the estimated changes in health insurance coverage and associated costs and impacts to the government under alternative specifications of health system reform." The contract, which was awarded June 19, wasn't widely known or regularly disclosed.

    "[D]on’t you think it’s rather, um, dubious that the guy evaluating the heath care reform–for $300,000–is also the package’s single biggest champion? And no one has been transparent about this contract?" writes Firedoglake blogger Marcy Wheeler of the contract, which was first mentioned on DailyKos.

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    Economist Jonathan Gruber pushed Obamacare to state-run media outlets but did not disclose that he was under contract with Department of Health and Human Services for $297,600.

    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the leading academic defenders of health care reform, is taking heat for failing to disclose consistently that he was under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services while he was touting the Democrats’ health proposals in the media.

    Gruber, according to federal government documents, is under a $297,600 contract until next month to provide “technical assistance” in evaluating health care reform proposals. He was under a $95,000 HHS contract before that.

    But while he was being paid to provide his services to HHS, he was also fending off health care reform critics in the media. Gruber was one of the prominent analysts to rebut an insurance industry report from PricewaterhouseCoopers in October saying premiums would shoot up if a health care bill passes. And he has recently written columns defending specific provisions in the House and Senate bills, particularly the “Cadillac tax” on high-cost insurance plans.

    In December Gruber defended the “cadillac tax” in a Washington Post report as “not being a tax but a way to finance real health reform.”
     
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    A "subject matter expert" or for that matter, an "expert witness" will testify to and/or prove anything you want to pay them to say or prove.
     
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    It is like economists, enough money you can find one to say what you want to hear
     
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    This entire healthcare "reform" process is so rampant with corruption is is sickening - even by DC standards.
     

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