Oversight Committee hits Jonathan Gruber with a subpoena for ObamaCare documents
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee isn’t done with the Jonathan Gruber. Just days after the MIT economist appeared at a marathon hearing before the committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued a subpoena for Gruber, demanding that he turn over all documents and communications with federal, state, and local officials related to the work he’s done on ObamaCare.
Not only did he earn nearly $400,000 through a sole-source contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help craft ObamaCare, Gruber has made a killing by selling himself as one of the architects of the law. Gruber was contracted by at least eight states to assist with the creation of their ObamaCare exchanges.
During the hearing, Gruber was less than transparent about these contracts and compensation he received from them. The MIT economist disclosed federal grants from the last two years, which totaled $134,198. He arrogantly obstructed committee members who asked how much money he made for the work he did on ObamaCare for the administration and state governments, referring them to his legal counsel.
"As one of the architects of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber is in a unique position to shed light on the ‘lack of transparency’ surrounding the passage of the President’s health care law, however he has so far been unwilling to fully comply with the Oversight Committee’s repeated requests," Issa said in a press release. "This week, Dr. Gruber repeatedly refused to answer several key questions, including the amount of taxpayer funds he received for his work on ObamaCare. The American people deserve not just an apology, but a full accounting, which Dr. Gruber must provide."
Though it’s not clear how much he earned in total, the information available from his contracts with Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin shows that he made more than $1.2 million. He was set to make another $400,000 from Vermont, that is, until the state terminated his contract due to his disparaging comments about the intelligence of Americans. Vermont paid Gruber some $166,000 for his work before cutting him off.