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Minnesota Lawmaker Demands Jonathan Gruber Pay Back $329G

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Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 10:40 AM

A Minnesota lawmaker has demanded that disgraced Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber pay back the $329,000 he received to oversee the state’s plan to build its MNsure healthcare insurance exchange.

State Representative Greg Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson urging her to investigate Gruber’s work that he said had “beyond laughable” results, according to Breitbart.

He wrote: “Significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan Gruber entered into in March 2011. In light of troubling remarks by Dr. Gruber and MNsure, I believe that a review of Dr. Gruber’s work, and payments made to him, is necessary.”

In another letter to Swanson, Davids wrote: “Earlier today, in testimony before Congressional investigators, Dr. Gruber refused to answer questions regarding compensation for his work with state-based insurance exchanges. The evasiveness displayed by Dr. Gruber reinforces my concerns expressed in the previous letter.”

Davids, who is awaiting a written response from the AG’s office, told Breitbart that Gruber’s projections on enrollment for MNsure when it launched were not even close.

“MNsure, Dr. Gruber and Governor Dayton’s Administration repeatedly guaranteed that the exchange would serve 1.3 million Minnesotans by 2016, including over 600,000 in commercial plans – a financial necessity to avoid a taxpayer bailout,” Davids said.

“Those projections were so far off that it has proved absurd. Instead of 500,000 private enrollees by the end of 2015, MNsure has repeatedly lowered Dr. Gruber’s projections and now estimates that fewer than 70,000 will enroll in private plans by the end of next year. The error rate for Dr. Gruber’s work is beyond laughable”

Davids, a state lawmaker since 1991, added: “It is a shame that nearly $600,000 in public funds was used for projections that were inaccurate from the moment MNsure opened. The Dayton administration has essentially used over $150 million in taxpayer money to build a broken IT system for public health programs.

“There has been little to no transparency in Dr. Gruber’s work with MNsure  Given that Dr. Gruber missed the deadline to submit his final report by four months – thereby avoiding scrutiny during the legislative process that led to MNsure’s creation – it is sadly unsurprising that he may have failed to live up to other aspects of his taxpayer-funded contract.”

Gruber, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, caused a political firestorm when a video surfaced from a panel discussion he attended last year, in which he said Obamacare might not have become law if Americans were smarter.

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” he said in his remarks, adding, “call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really, critical to get the thing to pass."
 
Last week outgoing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed Gruber to provide all documents and communications relating to his work on the healthcare law.

The federal government paid Gruber nearly $400,000 for his work on Obamacare. He has also advised several states on healthcare issues, including Minnesota and Vermont, as well as Massachusetts for its program under former Gov. Mitt Romney.

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A Minnesota lawmaker has demanded that disgraced Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber pay back the $329,000 he received to oversee the state’s plan to build its MNsure healthcare insurance exchange.
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