The Grubering of Barack Obama

Confronted by Ed Henry of FOX news with the question regarding comments made by Dr. Jonathan Gruber regarding the deceptions in the ACA and the “stupidity” of the American voters that got it passed, Obama reacted with the following comments:

Once again as another scandal rears its ugly head the Presidents chain of information is rooted in the mainstream press through which he has only now been informed of Dr. Grubers comments. But in the same wise as before the American people have caught wise to this line of retreat in an effort to dodge involvement and distance himself from the scandal. The fact is he had knowledge beforehand and knew that Gruber was not only part of the ACA development process, but that he worked hand and fist right in there with the good doctor to screw the American people and get this boondoggle through. The key to knowing when Barack Obama is lying is always the same; his lips are moving and words are coming out. Deceitful and false words to be sure because this viper knows he’s busted and now comes the wriggling part of his game.

One month after Obama took office, HHS put out a sole-source solicitation titled “Technical Assistance in Evaluating Options for Health Reform.” The contract would be with Gruber, who the document said was the only person “reasonably available to satisfy agency requirements.”

According to the agency put it, “Dr. Gruber developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model that has the flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy.”

The first four months of (Gruber’s) contract (with the Obama administration) could not be found on the Web site, but in June 2009, HHS renewed the contract for eight months, with a value of $297,600. Gruber in an e-mail confirmed that the first part of the contract was for $95,000. That adds up to $392,600 — or “almost $400,000.”

So much for President Obama’s claims that Dr. Gruber was not a part of the staff or part of the creation of the ACA. Dr. Gruber establishes bona fides from the President, his administration, HHS, and a wealth of media interviews which solidify his working relationship every phase of the creation of the ACA legislation. There are numerous broadcast and print interviews detailing participation in the process. A few can be found at the links supplied below;

Frontline Interview

The Daily Caller

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell October 12, 2011

As to time spent at the White House, The Smoking Gun website has details not only of visits by Gruber to the White House but supports his claim of being there for four hours on the day he claims to have discussed the “Cadillac Tax” with Obama.

Dr. Gruber makes it plain that he was advising both the Obama administration and Congress throughout 2009, and that he was asked a number of times how did you do it in Massachusetts. He cites the administration and Congress are taking a big leap into unknown territory. The fact that they had that example to lean on was so I think comforting for them in taking that step. However, Dr. never bothered to mention the fact that by his own account Romneycare was upheld by a $400 million slush fund created by Sen. Ted Kennedy who bilked the Federal Government for the funds.

Gruber’s “objective analysis” showing that Obamacare would lower premiums was featured on the White House blog in November 2009.

It should be noted that all the assertions made in the analysis are little more than pie in the sky assumptions which can never realistically be achieved. It is in fact an excellent example of false advertising by commercial marketplace standards and would be considered actionable as fraud at the very least. None of what the analysis claims will result from the passage of the legislation has come to pass, and in fact the polar opposite has been the case.

Nancy-Ann DeParle, at the time director of the White House Office of Health Reform, wrote about Gruber’s work on the White House blog on Nov. 29, 2009. “MIT Economist Confirms Senate Health Reform Bill Reduces Costs and Improves Coverage” was the headline on the post.

DeParle made no reference to the fact that Gruber had already earned hundreds of thousands of dollars working for the administration. She described him as an “MIT economist who has been closely following the health insurance reform process.”

Passage of the ACA in 2010 has been lucrative for Gruber and his microsimulation model. All told, he has been hired by at least eight states to provide advice or assist in creating the health-insurance exchanges that are at the heart of the Affordable Care Act: Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Not all of the contracts could be found on public Web sites, but here is a sampling. In some cases, Gruber worked with other consultants, so the fees were shared. These figures also might not represent the final payout, and of course these are gross figures, before expenses. But it’s safe to say that about $400,000 appears to be the standard rate for gaining access to the Gruber Microsimulation Model.

Michigan:  $481,050

Minnesota: $329,000

Vermont:    $400,000

Wisconsin: $400,000

Gruber has also earned more than $2 million over the last seven years for an ongoing contract with HHS to assess choices made by the elderly in Medicare’s prescription-drug plan.

So much for what Obama has to say about Dr. Jonathan Gruber. It would seem that this time it is Barack Hussein Obama himself who has been *Grubered.

*Grubered – A new verb added to the lexicon which indicates that the person who is the obejct of the verb “to be Grubered” has been deliberately, openly and publicly played for a fool.

Post Script: As if to add insult to injury another video surfaced from 2006 where Barack Obama not only praises Jonathan Gruber for his academic & intellectual superiority, but openly acknowledges that he has “stolen liberally” many of his and other ideas in pursuit of his agenda. Socrates once said, “A lie never lives to grow old.”

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