Jonathan Gruber

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(economist, academic, editor)
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Gruber failing to recall how much he was paid...
Born1965-09-30
NationalityAmerican
Alma materHarvard University

Jonathan Gruber was heavily involved in crafting US public health policy. He has been described as a key architect[1] of both the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, sometimes referred to as "Romneycare", and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Career

Gruber is an associate editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics.

Gruber, having promised to tell the whole truth, cannot remember how much he was paid to talk about Obamacare

In November 2014, a series of videos emerged of Gruber speaking about the Affordable Care Act at different events, from 2010 to 2013, which the Commercially-controlled media dubbed "Grubergate".[2] In the first, most widely publicized video, taken at a panel discussion about the ACA at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2013, Gruber said the bill was deliberately written "in a tortured way" to disguise the fact that it creates a system by which "healthy people pay in and sick people get money". He said this obfuscation was needed due to "the stupidity of the American voter" in ensuring the bill's passage. Gruber said the bill's inherent "lack of transparency is a huge political advantage" in selling it.[3]


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References

  1. Kliff, Sarah (October 11, 2011). "Everything you wanted to know about health reform, in one comic book". Wonkblog. The Washington Post.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  2. Skocpol, Theda (December 9, 2014). "'Grubergate' shows the sad state of debate on Obamacare". Los Angeles Times.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  3. "GRUBER: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage"". American Commitment. October 13, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").