Figures. Lib Economist Who Touted Obamacare Was Under Contract With HHS for $297K

It figures. Liberal economist Jonathan Gruber touted 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 professor Jonathan Gruber, left, and Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, right, testify on Capitol Hill about health care reform May 12. (AP)

FOX News reported:

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.”

Today, in typical lib fashion Gruber defended his unethical actions.

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