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Former Obama Adviser: Gruber Was ‘the Man’ on Obamacare

Former Obama adviser Steve Rattner lamented the White House’s response to the series of revealing comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, saying their attempt to deny any association with the MIT professor is hard to take seriously.

Rattner led a White House auto-industry task force in 2009 — the same year that Gruber helped the administration craft what would eventually become Obamacare. “Jonathan Gruber was — back in the day, in 2009 — the guru on health care,” he told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday. “I remember that when I was in the White House, he was certainly viewed as an important figure in helping put Obamacare together.”

“The problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man,” Rattner continued. “The problem is what he’s said in the last two weeks, and how the White House has handled it.”

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