Economist Jonathan Gruber, whose comments about the government relying on the “stupidity” of American voters to get Obamacare passed sparked anger nationwide, had a larger role in creating and shaping the law than had been previously known, a large trove of emails between him and the White House and top federal officials shows.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the House Oversight Committee provided it with more than 20,000 pages of communications it obtained from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Gruber’s employer.
The documents cover messages Gruber sent from January 2009 to March 2010, when the Obamacare legislation was still under discussion.
In the emails, a pattern of frequent discussions are shown between Gruber and top advisers in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and included notifications of his interviews with reporters and his talks with lawmakers. Further, they show he consulted with HHS about how his role with the agency should be discussed publicly.
The emails are particularly telling, as the Obama administration has distanced itself from Gruber after a 2013 video surfaced with him saying the health law was passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter” and because of the “huge political advantage” of the law’s lack of transparency.