Things are not going well for MIT economist Jonathan Gruber.
Earlier this week, officials began investigating Gruber’s “problematic billing” of his work on behalf of Vermont.
Via Burlington Free Press: Gruber billing referred to Vermont attorney general
…Gruber submitted two consecutive invoices in September and October claiming the exact same figures — 100 hours for Gruber at $500 per hour, and 500 hours for his research assistants at $100 per hour. Only one research assistant worked on the project, according to the auditor’s report.
“The evidence suggests that Dr. Gruber overstated the hours worked by the RA and that the Agency of Administration ignored the obvious signs that something was amiss,” Hoffer wrote….
The auditor believes Gruber assumed that he could use round numbers on his Vermont bills, “although the plain language of the contract says otherwise.”
And now, this:
Republican Governor Charlie Baker, who took office in January, has fired embattled Obamacare architect MIT professor Jonathan Gruber from the Massachusetts Health Connector Board.
It’s a blow to Gruber, who played a key role in the establishment of the board when it was set up to administer RomneyCare. Gruber went on to play a similar role in the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
As first reported by Jon Keller at WBZ-TV, Baker “demanded and received the resignations of four members of the state Health Connector board, including MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber….
As Keller reported, the Health Connector Board has “become a lightning-rod for consumer complaints about the failure of the once-vaunted online health-care marketplace to transition to the more complex requirements of ObamaCare.”
So, Dr. Gruber: Who’s stupid now?