Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor who advised the Obama administration on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), has agreed to testify at a House Committee hearing next month.
Gruber will testify on Capitol Hill on December 9 at 9:30 AM ET before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and is expected to address statements he has made about Obamacare since 2010, which have been well documented by this publication:
- He announced that the American people are “too stupid” to understand Obamacare.
- He stated that writing a bill that lacks transparency is a “huge political advantage.”
- He claimed that the passing of the law was a very “clever exploitation” of the American voter.
- He said that President Obama was in the room while discussing the law.
- And he asserted that President Obama’s goal was “not to cover the uninsured.”
The MIT professor was initially invited by the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-California), on Thursday. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will also testify about the failed rollout of Healthcare.gov in 2013.
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Former CMS Chief Operating Officer (COO) Michelle Snyder describes working conditions under Tavenner in an email:
“Just so you know [Tavenner] decided in January we were going no matter what… Hence the really cruel and uncaring march that has occurred since January when she threatened me with a demotion or forced retirement if I didn’t take this on.”
Snyder departed from CMS in December 2013, just three months after the rollout of Healthcare.gov.
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H/T The Hill
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