(Washington Examiner) Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, frequently contacted the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on the healthcare law and how to publicly describe his role, a 20,000-page trove of Gruber’s emails released to the Wall Street Journal show.
In videos that surfaced this past year, in 2013 Gruber referred to the “stupidity of the American voter” and the “huge political advantage” the healthcare legislation’s lack of transparency would provide in getting the bill passed.
The ensuing public furor against Gruber for his comments caused the Obama administration to distance themselves from the former adviser. “The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with … is no reflection on the actual process that was run,” Obama said of Gruber’s role at the G20 summit in Australia in November 2014.
But the 20,000 pages of emails provided by the House Oversight Committee to The Wall Street Journal paint a different picture.