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Jonathan Gruber's Horrible Week

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Bro. Curtis, Feb 25, 2015.

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    Vermont expects economist Jonathan Gruber to finish his health-care consulting, but without any additional pay.

    Lawrence Miller, the state's chief of health care reform, announced the decision Wednesday.

    "I have told Mr. Gruber that I expect his team to complete the work that we need to provide the legislature and Vermonters with a public health care financing plan," Miller said in the statement. "I've informed Mr. Gruber that that we will not be paying him any further for his part in completing that work."


    Vermont officials ignored "obvious signs" of problematic billing by health care economist Jonathan Gruber, the state auditor said in a memo released Monday.

    Gruber's invoices lacked important details and claimed dubious numbers of work hours as he prepared economic models for a single-payer health care system — but state officials failed to scrutinize the invoices, Auditor Doug Hoffer wrote.

    Hoffer said he was referring the matter to Attorney General William Sorrell, who said in an interview that the auditor raised "serious questions."


    Gov. Charlie Baker has demanded and received the resignations of four members of the state Health Connector board, including MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, who touched off a national uproar late last year with videotaped comments about misleading marketing of the Affordable Care Act and derogatory remarks about the intelligence of the American people.
    Gruber was appointed to the board in 2006 by then Governor Mitt Romney and re-appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. The other three board members asked to resign – John Bertko, Rick Jakious and George Gonser – were all original Patrick appointees.