Skip to comments.Michigan Paid 'Stupidity of American Voter' Obamacare Architect $481,050
Posted on 11/25/2014 8:16:10 AM PST by MichCapCon
A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a lack of transparency and stupidity of the American voter were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation.
Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state health-insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Washington Post reported that Gruber received similar payments from three other states, but Michigan paid the consultant $81,050 more than any other state.
Gruber was paid the $481,050 even though the Michigan Legislature did not authorize creating a state-level exchange. In 2012, the Senate approved legislation authorizing one but the House declined, with the result that Michigan currently has an exchange run by the federal government.
In some cases Gruber worked with other consultants, so the fees may have been shared.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will consider a case challenging the authority of a federally run exchange to distribute the health care laws subsidies, without which its employer mandate may not be imposed in a state.
Gruber has been widely criticized for comments on a recently discovered video where he said, "If you have a law that makes explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it wouldn't have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and, basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically that was really critical to getting the thing to pass."
Rep.-elect Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said Saturday he will formally request Monday that the state House of Representatives Research Services Division investigate why Michigans payment was more than what Wisconsin ($400,000), Vermont ($400,000) and Minnesota ($329,000) paid.
Glenn will request that State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, and State Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, investigate the states deal with Gruber.
Rep. McMillin said hed ask the Department of Community Health how Gruber was selected and what services he provided for the money.
Mr. Gruber appears to be a very devious man perhaps with a proclivity for fraud, Rep. McMillin said in an email. Based on the info I receive, Ill decide if a hearing is warranted.
Either bigger suckers for the fraud ... or in on it.
Obamacare is like tying a $10,000,000 dollar bill to a string and dragging it through Academia, just as a teaser for the real tasty bait.
Why was Michigans payment more than Wisconsin ($400,000), Vermont ($400,000) and Minnesota ($329,000)?..... Either bigger suckers for the fraud ... or in on it.
Just one of the scam perpetrated on state taxpayers. Money-laundering, conspiracy and and massive govt fraud should be considered. Read on.
The salient point is this: Gruber acting as an independent researcher is one thing--- but Gruber consorting w/ many people in govt figuring out ways to lie in order to dupe the tax-paying public is a CONSPIRACY.
The connivers passed O/Care w/ a massive, multi-billion-dollar slush fund that was deliberately kept hidden from us "stupid taxpayers" by self-serving Grubercrats.
The Untraceable $8 Billion ObamaCare PR Budget---truly govt fraud at its finest. Egged on by Pelosi, Democrats slavishly voted for Obamacare by an historic straignt-party line vote. But not one Democrat told Americans about Obamacare's Section 4002---which mandates an $8B untraceable fund to "promote" Obamacare (apparently b/c Boobamba had so little confidence in his signature legislation).
THE PAYOFF--WHO GETS THE MONEY? In 2010 Taxpayers are extorted $500 million, in 2011, $750 million, 2012, $1 billion, 2013, $1.25 billion, 2014, $1.5 billion, and, in 2015 and on, $2 billion
<><> Where is all that money going?
<><> Was cashing-in the incentive in getting the thing passed?
The sound of West Wing wire-transfers to states and to offshore banks is almost palpable.
Obama is downplaying Gruber's role, claiming he had no part in passing O/care. But if Gruber was NOT the Obamacare architect---then Gruber took money under false pretenses and should be prosecuted for govt fraud.
The Gruber selection process is crucial----(1) to scrutinize the credentials Gruber presented, (2) his monetary requirements, and, (3) what he based his expertise on.
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