It has been amusingly sad to watch Obamacare fail. On one hand, so many predicted this even before the former president stuffed it down the throats of American citizens. On the other, U.S. health care needs work and many are suffering because politicians would rather fight each other than accomplish something real. Now Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, who was the chief architect of Obamacare has failed as well. The Vermont Attorney General has announced they have settled the state’s claims of fraud against Gruber. By settling and losing his job, he gets to avoid a messy court case that might have led to jail time.
The Obamacare consultant had been hired by Vermont to overhaul their health care as well. He was to “assess, examine and provide economic models” for a single-payer health care system. This plan was initiated by former Governor Pete Shumlin and eventually deemed too expensive for the citizens.
Chief #Obamacare Architect, Jonathan Gruber, sacked after fraudulent billing investigation.
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) August 21, 2017
Gruber was reported by State Auditor Doug Hoffer who suspected overbilling. The attorney general’s office investigated and found the claims to be true, Gruber was accused of violating the Vermont Civil False Claims Act.
There were at least invoices sent by Gruber charging the state for work which was never actually done. He denies committing any fraudulent acts and the amounts of the invoices have not been disclosed.
The settlement states that Gruber will lose his job in Vermont and has given up claims to any money he might still be owed. In return, no further legal action will be taken against him which seems quite fair considering the situation.
In a twist which Obama undoubtedly doesn’t find amusing, Gruber became an outspoken opponent of Obamacare in 2014 even stating it wouldn’t have passed if the government had been transparent;
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”