WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for an investigation into a consultant who was paid nearly $400,000 by the Obama administration for his work on the Affordable Care Act.
Videos have surfaced recently of economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped write Obamacare, stating that Americans were deceived about the law.
“He was paid and now he has admitted that he was deceptive and deceitful,” Paul told Fox News. “I’m going to ask for an investigation from the Investigator General and I’m going to ask that he return his pay.
“How can we pay someone to be a consultant to government who frankly admitted that he was dishonest? So I think he should be made to return his pay.”
Gruber said in a 2013 recording that Obamacare passed thanks to “the stupidity of the American voter.” According to CBS News, a 2011 clip shows him describing how the law’s authors “mislabeled” a new tax on high-end insurance plans that will go into effect in 2018.
“And the only way we could take it on was first by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, when we all know it’s a tax on people who hold those insurance plans,” he explained.
In 2012, Gruber described how former Sen. Ted Kennedy ripped off the federal government for hundreds of millions of dollars to craft a universal health bill for Massachusetts.
“The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the feds paid for our bill, okay, in Massachusetts,” Gruber said in the recording obtained by CBS News. “Ted Kennedy and the smart people in Massachusetts basically figured out a way to rip off the feds for about $400 million a year.”
Paul called Gruber’s comments a “disgrace.”
“The other thing we have to investigate is there are about ten different states where he got between $200 and $400 thousand for specific reports. Who was organizing this for him? Is this some sort of thing that happened within government? Was he just able to market himself everywhere? Or was this all coming from an organized way to enrich Obama consultants?” Paul questioned.
Gruber has apologized for calling American voters stupid.