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Economist On Take As He Pushed O-Care

From Fox News:

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.

Economist Was Under Contract With HHS While Touting Health Reform Bill

January 8, 2010

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  the media.

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…

Gruber said he "firmly" believes in the positions he advocates, and he said he has not been secretive about his contract with HHS. "I have told reporters whenever they asked," he said.

He noted that he disclosed his relationship with the Obama administration in a Dec. 24 column for The New England Journal of Medicine. Indeed, the "disclosures" link at the bottom of that article online takes the reader to a form showing Gruber is a "paid consultant to the Obama administration."

But a column in The Washington Post on the Cadillac tax just a few days later did not disclose his relationship with the administration. Gruber was listed merely as a "professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."

More transparency and honest open government from the Obama administration.

(Thanks to NickB for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Economist On Take As He Pushed O-Care”

  1. proreason says:

    Isn’t all of academia on the take?

    Government is how they are all funded, isn’t it?

    And in addition, government looks aside as the outrageous costs of eductation continue to skyrocket. Exactly what are those costs, anyway? Well there is the cost of professors’ and administrators’ salaries, and then there is the cost of utilities, and the cost of books, and then, uh, well there are probably some other costs as well.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “premiums would shoot up if a health care bill passes”

    The law of supply and demand cannot be repealed.

    The proof is left to the reader.

    • proreason says:

      “The law of supply and demand cannot be repealed”

      Exactly so, but what can be changed is who pays the piper.

      As far as the law of supply and demand goes, something like 15 million more people will be covered, and tens of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of doctors will retire. In addition, the cost structure will absorb millions of new bureaucrats who will shuffle papers on their desks and tell doctors what to prescribe. Britains bureaucracy is the 3rd largest workforce in the world at about 1.6 million. Ours will be 5 times that.

      The cost of service for EVERY MEDICAL PROCEDURE will skyrocket.

      And that doesn’t include the taxes that will be ladled on.

      We can expect the inflation adjusted price of medical care to double in 10 years.

      But illegal aliens won’t be paying for it. And welfare cheats won’t be paying for it. And you can rest assured that Wall Street bankers won’t be paying for it, nor politicians, nor Union thugs, nor government bureaurocrats, nor Acorn employees. They will all get better service than we get today…..for free.

      So on top of the doubling because of more demand and less supply, and on top of the huge taxes ladled on, the middle class will also have to pay for the tens of millions of people who do get free medical care.

      So the price to the people who do pay will more than double.

      But you won’t pay more than twice as much in health insurance and medical care. The true cost will be hidden in hundreds of ways. You will pay in taxes, and higher prices for food and transportation and everything else you buy. And you will pay in lower quality services, perhaps with your life. And you will pay because medical advances will stop on a dime. Cold turkey. Ultimately, the astonomical increases in costs will be attibuted to “inflation”, even though inflation will have nothing to do with it.

      And the millions of premature deaths will be attributed to stubborn middle-class American’s refusal to lose weight and eat healthily. And the statisticians will point to minorities whose lifespans will increase because of their free medical services as evidence that Universal Health Care is working….while millions of middle-class whites die prematurely because of “bad diets”. The blueprint for the lie is already in place.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    “a $297,600 contract until next month to provide “technical assistance” in evaluating health care reform proposals.”

    I can say the plan stinks for nothing.

  4. Chuckk says:

    Follow the money. It’s timeless advice that proves itself true time after time.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Healthcare is not a right under the Constitution but is if the country goes to Socialism.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n2m-X7OIuY

  6. canary says:

    Government Health Care = Unlawful Search & Seizure, + Imprisonment without a trial.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Bought and paid for testimony.
    Al Capone would be proud of the Houseboy.


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