M.I.T. Economist Jonathan Gruber continues to leave people radically less informed about the real health care cost issue in this country with public statements that frankly make no sense. The latest example is from a Washington Post article about Massachusetts’ attempts to control health care cost. “Cost control isn’t easy,” said M.I.T. economist Jon Gruber, [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 30, 2012 10:53 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 5, 2012 8:28 am|
If the Supreme Court throws out only the individual mandate but leaves the rest of the Affordable Care Act intact, it would be a real boon for at least one group of individuals: health care policy researchers. If we can leave aside the huge moral and legal implications of such a ruling, from a purely [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 17, 2011 9:25 am|
Jonathan Gruber, the economist who was a paid top adviser to the Obama administration on health care reform but didn’t disclosed the fact in media interviews at the time, continues his tradition of defending the Affordable Care Act with his special brand of half truths, distortions, extreme hyperbole and logically incoherent statements. In an interview [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 6, 2011 5:30 am|
Jonathan Gruber, the economist paid by the White House to consult on the health care reform law, has put out a paper for the Commonwealth Fund that reaches the conclusion that the law is pretty good. What is interesting is that even this supporter and part architect of the law is forced to admit that [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 9, 2011 4:27 pm|
It is not surprising given Jonathan Gruber’s strong support for an individual mandate and his prominent role in both “Romneycare” and “Obamacare” that he is working hard to defend the idea with a new paper for the Center for American Progress attacking “alternatives” to his preferred policy. Overall, I find his case weak and extremely [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 3, 2010 5:45 am|
The cost crisis in our health care system simply can’t be overstated. The rapid growth in cost is the driving force behind our projected long-term public debt and the growth in private health insurance premiums threaten to cripple private industry. The Commonwealth Fund is out with a new study showing just how quickly the situation [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 21, 2010 9:08 am|
There’s a very important an article in the Neiman Watchdog this morning (Harvard’s journalism review, Deputy Editor Dan Froomkin). It’s written by Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson, entitled “Has Obama created a Social Security ‘death panel’? Headlines like that are normally the reserve of DFH bloggers, so it’s notable that the academic world is talking [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 10, 2010 5:20 am|
It seems that President Obama’s former senior health-care adviser, David Cutler, is following in the proud tradition of Jonathan Gruber by conveniently ignoring potentially huge cost-saving ideas to make Obama’s health care proposal sound better than it really is. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, David Cutler claims there have been 10 broad ideas offered [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday January 14, 2010 9:46 am|
The fact is, the people who did the work to uncover the Gruber story were liberals. Neither Fox News nor the right-wing noise machine did that kind of in-depth accountability reporting on George Bush. Stealing our research now and presenting it as their own obscures the fact that there is a profound difference in the way that many liberals respond when “our team” is in office, as compared to the slavish propaganda that Fox offered up in honor of George Bush.
One is demanding accountability. The other is just engaging in demagoguery.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:22 am|
The White House is placing a giant collective bet on Gruber’s “assumptions” to justify key portions of the Senate bill, which they allowed people to believe was independent verification. Now that we know that Gruber’s work was not that of an independent analyst but rather work performed as a contractor to the White House and paid for by taxpayers, it should be made publicly available so others can judge its merits.