Darrell Issa Calls on Jonathan Gruber to Testify About Obamacare

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:00 PM
Darrell Issa Calls on Jonathan Gruber to Testify About Obamacare

Over the past two weeks Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has been seen on video repeatedly insulting the intelligence of the American voter and admitting the healthcare overhaul was written to deceive the public about costs, taxes and a redistribution of wealth of healthy to sick. 

Today, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa officially invited Gruber to testify on Capitol Hill. 

"The Committee on Oversight and Government reform requests your testimony at a hearing on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C.,"  Issa wrote in a letter to Gruber Friday, adding that he should be prepared to make a five minute opening statement before answering questions. 

Gruber received nearly $6 million in taxpayer money at local and federal governments for work as a contractor on the healthcare law. 

"From the outset, the health law has been the poster child for this Administration’s broken transparency promises,” Issa said in a statement. “Americans were told if they liked their plans and doctors, they could keep them. They were told the individual mandate wasn’t a tax. None of these were true. Jonathan Gruber, one of ObamaCare’s chief architects, publicly lauded the ‘lack of transparency’ that was necessary to pass the law and credited ‘the stupidity of the American voter’ that allowed the Administration to mislead the public. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified before our Committee that the Administration met its goals by enrolling 7.3 million individuals, however we now know that wasn’t the case. The numbers provided by CMS were deceptive and obscured the number of Americans running from exchange plans. The American people deserve honesty, transparency and respect from those who forced the federal government into their healthcare. I expect Mr. Gruber and Administrator Tavenner to testify publicly next month about the arrogance and deceptions surrounding the passage and implementation of ObamaCare.”

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has also been called to testify about the 2013 Obamacare rollout.