With President Barack Obama’s unilateral action creating legal status for millions of illegal immigrants set to dominate the headlines in the coming weeks, the news cycle is about to shift definitively and perhaps permanently away from the revelatory comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. Unfortunately for him, however, the news cycle shift did not come soon enough for Gruber to retain his contact with the state of Vermont.
Gruber had already been paid $160,000 of his $400,000 contract from the Green Mountain State for his work as a financing consultant implementing a single-payer health care system. That will be the extent of his remuneration.
Via Fox News, Vermont has reportedly terminated Gruber’s contract as a result of statements uncovered in the press.
A spokesman for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday that the state would no longer pay the ObamaCare architect.
“As the Governor and I have said, the comments by Mr. Gruber are offensive, inappropriate and do not reflect the thinking of this administration or how we do things in Vermont,” Lawrence Miller, said Wednesday in a statement. “As we have also said, we need solid economic modeling in order to move forward with health care reform.”
Miller continued that he told Gruber, “that I expect his team to complete the work that we need to provide the legislature and Vermonters with a public health care financing plan. I’ve informed Mr. McGruber [sic] that we will not be paying him any further for his part in completing that work.”
First of all… “McGruber?”
This news comes just days after Vermont Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning joined Greta Van Susteren where he said that Gruber had lost the respect of his state as a result of his behavior.
The move comes as a surprise. As recently as this past weekend, Miller told reporters that Gruber’s contract would be fulfilled.
Gruber was famously filmed responding to a question about that proposed single-payer health care system from a concerned Vermonter by demeaning the questioner. “Was this written by my adolescent children by any chance?” the haughty health care advisor scoffed when he was asked about “ballooning costs, increased taxes and bureaucratic outrages.”
Gruber’s condescending dismissal of this perfectly reasonable question was met with laughter by the audience.