Obamacare has been a massive failure from start to finish, and Democrats have had to go to extraordinary lengths to cover it up.
From all the antics in getting the bill passed and paying off politicians, to lying about the real numbers, the corruption has been building.
Now one of Obamacare’s chief architects has been caught red-handed trying to grease the skids.
Obama couldn’t be more embarrassed.
MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber suddenly has a lot more time on his hands.
Gruber has been wished well in future endeavors, but it’s not due to a round of budget cuts at the venerable institution of higher learning.
Instead, Gruber has been kicked to the curb as part of a legal settlement stemming from egregious behavior on his part.
The Federalist Papers reports:
The Daily Caller reports that MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber — better known as one of the chief architects of Obamacare — has been canned from his gig as a healthcare consultant for the state of Vermont, as part of a legal settlement.
Legal settlement for what, you may ask? Oh, nothing much…just defrauding the taxpayers for an unspecified amount by billing the state for work he never actually did.
Although really, should this surprise anyone when what they hired him to help figure out how to implement a single-payer healthcare plan?
Let’s unpack this ever so slightly. You’re given a cush assignment by a state, and we can only imagine that’s costing taxpayers a pretty penny.
Instead of being content with your good fortune, you decide to kick things up a notch so that you’ll be compensated for work that you never actually did.
It blows up in your face. You’re credibility is completely destroyed, and you lose your main gig as a result.
Makes perfect sense. We’d be interested to see how Gruber scored on his Ethics final during his college days.
State Auditor Doug Hoffer, also a Democrat, originally referred allegations of Gruber’s overbilling to the attorney general.
Donovan, the attorney general and still another Democrat, said his office determined that Gruber did, in fact, violate the Vermont Civil False Claims Act, according to the Herald.
Specifically, investigators concluded that Gruber sent two invoices — and possibly more — falsely charging the state and its taxpayers for work which was never actually completed by Gruber or any of his underlings.
The dollar amounts sought by Gruber in the two invoices are not clear.
Under the terms of Gruber’s consulting contract, he was supposed to receive up to $400,000 for his policy advice concerning single-payer health care in Vermont.
Gruber denies committing any fraud.
While he denies committing fraud, that seems like the appropriate choice of a noun.
How else would you describe it?
He billed the state for work that he didn’t actually do. Thankfully, the state caught onto it. That seems awfully cut and dry.
While his credibility and career are shot, Gruber can hang his on being a monumental contributor to a healthcare plan that a vast portion of the country loathes with a passion.
Source: The Federalist Papers