11-21-14 – Shumlin’s Response to Gruber Fiasco is Very Gruberesque

Posted by Rob Roper

The Shumlin Administration announced that they would no longer be paying Jonathan Gruber for his services consulting on the financial feasibility of Green Mountain Care. The hoped for takeaway here is that Gruber’s gone; problem solved; end of story.

It would be nice if this was true, but it’s not.

This PR move is, in fact, exactly the kind of jiggering of the books to make a misleading political point that Gruber has been bragging about on video for the past few years.  Here’s the rest of the story. The part they’re trying to hide…

Despite the optics of Shumlin’s posturing, Gruber is not really going away. He will continue to consult, but will do so pro bono. (Losing $160,000 of the $6 million or so he’s raked in isn’t going to cost the man any meals). His team will continue to be paid. And, most critically, Gruber’s data, which he has admitted to manipulating in past consulting gigs to get politically palatable outcomes, will still be used to evaluate how much moving to a single payer healthcare system will cost Vermonters and impact our economy.  None of this is acceptable.

Shumlin wants us to forget about this story, and he and Gruber are counting on the same “stupidity of the American voter” that they’ve counted upon in the past to make that happen. I’d like to think we’re all a little smarter than we were a week ago.

Breaking news from North Carolina shows a proper response to revelations about Gruber. There, a spokesman for the state’s Auditor said after terminating their relationship with Gruber, “We can’t use you on a project where you have a bias or where people might even think you have a bias.”

At the end of the day, Vermonters cannot rely on the advice of someone who has admitted to misleading the public because he’d “rather have a law than not.” Not even if he’s willing to provide that advice for free.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org)

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ivan Smith November 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Oh the out rage!


Michael Benoit November 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm



Ward Reed November 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

What do you suppose the value of Gruber’s Vermont report would be as scrap paper? It will be worthless for anything else.


Jim Bulmer November 22, 2014 at 1:20 am

Shumlin is a master at the shell game or the 3 card monte. Follow the bouncing ball, Shumlin will not change even though Vermonters spoke out on Nov. 4. Solution? Vote for Scott Milne as our next governor!!!!!


Armand Dion November 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

People seem upset with what Gruber said at the meeting in Vermont but no one seems upset about the reaction at that meeting of the people sitting around the table. I am assuming that those were legislators and employees working on the single payer issue which included Mr Larson.. The fact that they all chuckled when he commented about the “comments from his adolescent son” should infuriate the average Vermonter. That action speaks volumes about their elitist opinions of the Vermont taxpayers. People ( and the press) will not be upset about this until it is clear to all that the agenda of this government on almost all issues is not sustainable.


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