Jonathan Gruber agrees to testify in House

One video to explain Gruber and Obamacare
One video to explain Gruber and Obamacare


    One video to explain Gruber and Obamacare


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MIT economist and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber -- most commonly now known for his comments regarding the "stupidity of the American voter" in helping to pass the President's signature health care law -- is coming to Congress.
Gruber agreed Monday to testify before the House Government and Oversight Committee, the committee's spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll confirmed.
Chairman Darrell Issa called for the hearing after the Obama administration admitted to inflating Obamacare enrollment figures by 400,000 after dental plan signups were included.
Issa said in a statement last week that he expects Gruber "to testify publicly next month about the arrogance and deceptions surrounding the passage and implementation of ObamaCare."
Gruber, who earned nearly $400,000 helping to craft the law, will testify alongside Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who also agreed to appear before the panel.
"This Administration still appears to be calling its ObamaCare transparency plan from the Jonathan Gruber playbook: dismissing the American public's right to know with the same deceptive arrogance that helped them pass the bill in the first place," Issa said in a statement last week.
The half dozen videos of Gruber that came to light over the past month had President Barack Obama publicly distancing himself from Gruber, whom he dismissed as "some adviser who never worked on our staff." That's despite a glowing endorsement in 2006 from then-Sen. Obama.
And on Monday former health secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she never worked with Gruber "personally," but conceded that he played a key role in shaping Obamacare, especially given his role as a chief architect of the Massachusetts health care law that served as a model.
Gruber will testify Dec. 9.