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Monday, November 4, 2013

Media skip disclosure of paid Obamacare shill -- By Charles C. Johnson, The Daily Caller

Media skip disclosure of paid Obamacare shillMIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who had a closed-door meeting with President Obama in Boston last week to discuss Obamacare, has resurfaced to defend the Affordable Care Act; but neither he nor the media that have given him a platform disclosed the $400,000 he was paid by the Department of Health & Human Services in 2009.

Gruber, who was on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and was the subject of an article in the New Yorker this past week, has emerged as the go-to-voice for reporters looking for an academic view on Obamacare in recent years.

None of these news organizations disclosed Gruber’s ties to HHS.

Gruber’s HHS contract was not incidental to once paid for “technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform,” according to a copy of his contract from the General Services Administration. The government paid Gruber a cool $297,600 in that contract, and he made $95,000 from another HHS contract that same year.

The contract described Gruber as an “expert in health policy in economics” and said that he had “developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model that has flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy.”

“This model has been used for other health care proposal [sic],”  the contract continued, presumably referring to Romneycare in Massachusetts.

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