Rand Paul: ‘Deceitful’ Obamacare ‘Henchmen’ Should Return Money Made

Barbara Boland | November 18, 2014
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“The one thing we can do is that this Mr. Gruber… he was paid and now he’s admitted he was deceptive and deceitful, I’m going to ask for an investigation from the Investigator General and I’m going to ask that he return his pay,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on the “Hannity” show last night. “Because how can you — how can we pay someone to be a consultant to government who’s frankly admitting they were dishonest? So I think he should be made to return his pay.”
Gruber referred to “lack of transparency” as key to passing Obamacare at several academic conferences in 2012. He also made explicit reference to the “stupidity of the American voter” as “critical to getting this thing passed.”

Buried in hour-long videos on Youtube, his remarks were only recently discovered, creating a firestorm.

In his interview with Hannity, Paul refers to “the public deception” of “the president and all of his henchmen and women” and “the deception of paid consultants.”

“The other thing we ought to investigate is there’s about ten different states where [Gruber] got between $200,000 and $400,000 for specific reports,” said Paul. “Who was sort of organizing this for him?”

“Is this some sort of thing that happened within government?” asked Paul. “Was he just able to market himself everywhere? Or was this all coming as sort of an organized way to enrich Obama consultants?”

Although Obama claims that Gruber was merely “some advisor” who “never worked on our staff,” Gruber is actually an MIT economist who helped create the Obamacare law. The Obama administration had paid Mr. Gruber $380,000 in 2009cited him several times in hearings and White House blogs, and even dedicated a webpage to his expert analysis. Visitor logs show Gruber meeting repeatedly with senior officials at the White House including one meeting with President Obama.

“This is a disgrace. Now totals are saying [Gruber made] much as $6 million. I think we ought to talk about having him give it back to the taxpayer,” Paul concluded.

h/t: The Daily Caller