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Jonathan Gruber: The $6 Million Man

Obama on Saturday dismissed MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber as “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” As someone who never stops giving Obama advice and never worked on his staff, I hereby apply for the Gruber treatment.

So far, the health-care economist has received at least $5,886,150 in taxpayer-funded health-care-consulting fees, mainly from the federal government. This bonanza includes:

‐$103,500 from the U.S. Department of State

‐$392,000 from the state of Minnesota

‐$392,600 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources

‐$400,000 from the state of Vermont

‐$400,000 from the state of Wisconsin

‐$481,050 from the state of Michigan

‐$1,730,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice (that medical hotbed)

‐$2,050,000 from the U.S. National Institutes of Health

This income puts Gruber well within the Left’s much-hated 1 percent.

“The $6 million man” — as Fox & Friends co-host Peter Johnson, Jr. called him this morning on Fox — has generated headlines lately. Too bad the Old Guard media largely have snored through this major story in their latest act of journalistic malpractice.

Videotapes keep popping up in which Gruber says that Obamacare was enacted, in part, because of “the stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber credits Obama & Co. for deliberately defrauding the Congressional Budget Office as Obamacare was concocted. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber declared. He also said: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. . . . If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”

Thanks to Gruber’s arrogant, condescending lies, mass amnesia has erupted among top Democrats who previously applauded his counsel.

“I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California claimed last Thursday. “So, let’s put him aside.” C-SPAN quickly excavated videotape on which Pelosi sang a totally different tune: “I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis” of Obamacare, Pelosi said on November 5, 2009, as she publically serenaded his work.

Also, Pelosi’s website showcased a December 2009 defense of Obamacare written by . . . Jonathan Gruber!

During the pre-passage debate on Obamacare, then-senator John Kerry (D., Mass.) said on October 1, 2009, that Gruber “has been our guide on a lot of this…”

Obama now trivializes Gruber as someone who got lost on the White House tour and wandered into a meeting. In fact, Gruber visited the White House at least eight times to help construct this massive new entitlement.

The stalwart pro-Obama group Organizing for Action boasted about Gruber’s key role, but then airbrushed him from its website after this controversy exploded last week. Fortunately, has posted a cached version of that page in which these Obamites call Gruber someone “who helped write Obamacare.”

What did Gruber do to secure his nearly $6 million taxpayer-financed jackpot? Gruber himself described how he has shaped Obama’s health-care ideas since his days on Capitol Hill. As Gruber said on PBS’s Frontline on June 13, 2012, he met with then-senator Obama in 2006:

When people sort of knew he was thinking about it [running for president], but had not announced yet, I went down basically to do the tutorial for him on what we had done in Massachusetts [with RomneyCare] and how it would work and basically thinking about expanding it to the national stage. . . .

Next time I see him is summer 2009. The big issue there is that you really want to make sure to move forward on cost control. I think that at this point, he sort of knew we had a good plan on coverage, but he was worried about cost control. So he had a meeting in the Oval Office with several experts including myself on what can we do to get credible savings on cost control that the Congressional Budget Office would recognize and score as savings in this law.

The incoming Republican Congress should give this man multiple opportunities to testify on Capitol Hill. In great detail, Jonathan Gruber should explain his views on the intelligence of his fellow Americans, the lies that he and Team Obama perpetrated to enact Obamacare, and how soon he will return to taxpayers his fraudulent $5,886,150 fortune. 

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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