(Natural News) You may remember him as the geeky, infuriating academic who designed Obamacare — the same guy who once said Americans were “too stupid” to understand the nuances of a law that was never honestly presented to them in the first place.
His name is Jonathan Gruber, and he’s just settled claims of fraud with Vermont’s attorney general.
Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who conspired with President Obama to pass the most onerous piece of public health policy in the history of the country, can no longer work as a taxpayer-supposed economic consultant for Vermont’s healthcare system under terms of the just-reached agreement, according to The Daily Caller, which cited the Rutland Herald newspaper.
And for its part, the Vermont Attorney General’s office won’t pursue charges against Gruber under provisions of the state’s Civil False Claims Act.
As The Daily Caller noted:
Officials in Vermont had hired Gruber as an economic consultant to assess, examine and provide economic models for a now-abandoned plan to roll out a single-payer health care system across the tiny state.
The single-payer health care scheme, called Green Mountain Care, was the brainchild of former Gov. Pete Shumlin.
Eventually, Shumlin, a Democrat, decided government-funded health care would be too costly for Vermont’s 625,000 citizens.
Allegations that Gruber was overbilling the state were originally referred to the AG’s office by State Auditor Doug Hoffer, who is also a Democrat. The Herald noted that Donovan, the AG and yet another elected Democrat, all determined that Gruber the scumbag did indeed violate provisions of the Civil False Claims Act.
Gruber is alleged to have sent a pair of invoices, and perhaps more, containing false charges to the state and its taxpayers for work neither he nor any of his assistants actually performed. The dollar amounts Gruber was seeking were not made clear by either publication.
However, under the terms of his contract Gruber was to be paid $400,000 for giving Vermont officials policy advice regarding the single-payer scheme Vermont legislators and other office holders were considering once upon a time.
Gruber, of course, denies any guilt, but that’s what a settlement does — it allows people who are sometimes actually guilty of committing crimes to deny any wrongdoing. (Related: This Obamacare architect is under investigation for possible ‘phantom billing’ and tax fraud.)
And of course, we know of Gruber’s history of lying his you-know-what off (along with Obama and every other Democrat who sold us the Affordable Care Act).
As Natural News reported, Gruber explained to a small group of attendees at a conference following the passage of Obamacare how he and the former president set about pulling off the greatest political lie in the history of the republic:
The thing that is real cost control, that we know it’ll work, go after this. Now the problem is, it’s a political nightmare. And people say, “No, you can’t tax my benefits.” … So, what we did a lot in that room [at the White House] [was] talk about… well, how could we make this work? And Obama’s like, “Well, you know…” — I mean, he’s a really realistic guy — he’s like, “I can’t just do this. It’s just not gonna happen politically. The bill will not pass. How do we manage to get there through phase-ins and other things?” And we talked about it. Um… and he was just very interested in that topic. That ultimately became the genesis of what’s called the “Cadillac tax” in the health care bill, which I think is one of the most important and bravest parts of the healthcare law…
When news of this chicanery broke in late 2014, Obama distanced himself from Gruber and denied he had any part in misleading Americans.
Of course, this is the same president who repeatedly said Obamacare’s mandate wasn’t a tax (the Supreme Court said it was); that premiums and deductibles would fall under Obamacare (they have both gone up); and that health care overall would be less expensive (it isn’t).
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.