The University of Rhode Island has pulled the third video of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber from YouTube. This is the clip where in 2012 Gruber said, “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”
Gruber has made at least $4 million for consulting with the federal government since 2000, and $392,600 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for his work on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (otherwise known as Obamacare), according to The Daily Caller.
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Linda Acciardo, a spokesperson for the university, told The Daily Caller that the university was not granted written consent to repost the video by Gruber’s agency on the lecture circuit, Leigh Bureau, after a request was filed by The Associated Press (AP) to use it.
“The speakers in the series, or their representatives, require the university to sign contracts that specify distribution approvals and/or language relating to their presentations including the posting of videos to the university’s website.
“In reviewing the Gruber contract before responding to the AP request, it was clear that the university needed written permission to post the lecture to its website.
“The university, therefore, immediately removed the lecture from its website and contacted the agency holding the copyright of professor Gruber’s lecture to secure permission to repost. The agency will not provide its consent to the university to repost the video.”
Although the video has been removed from the University of Rhode Island’s YouTube channel, you can still view it at Western Journalism.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday, former Obama administration official Steven Rattner called Gruber “the man” when it came to shaping President Obama’s health care policy.
“The problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man…The problem is what he’s said in the last two weeks, and how the White House has handled it.”
H/T The Daily Caller