Preston GOP Rep. Greg Davids sent a letter Friday to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson asking her to investigate whether Dr. Jonathan Gruber's work on MNsure failed to live up to the terms of his state contract.
Gruber, an MIT economist, was paid nearly $400,000 by the Obama Administration to help with the Affordable Care Act. A political firestorm has erupted since a video surfaced earlier this month in which Gruber said Obamacare passed due to "the stupidity of the American voter." Gruber has been hired by at least eight states, including Minnesota, to help set up health exchanges.
In his letter, Davids writes, "In light of troubling remarks by Dr. Gruber and MNsure, I believe that a review of Dr. Gruber's work, and payments made to him, is necessary."
According to the letter, the state entered into a contract with Gruber in March 2011 for work related to MNsure. Gruber's final report was supposed to be delivered to the state by Oct. 30, 2010, but was not delivered until February 2013. That came after all legislative committee work on the MNsure exchange had been finished. Davids wrote that while the contract is publicly available on MNsure's website, "it contains no indication of why the deliverable date was not met or whether any payment was withheld for the lack of timeliness."
Davids said he is also deeply concerned that Gruber's projections for MNsure enrollment have proven to be far too high. He ended his letter writing, "Given the preceding concerns about Dr. Gruber’s relationship with the State, I request your guidance on what options the State has for determining whether, in addition to missing critical deadlines, Dr. Gruber violated the terms of his contract, and hope you will vigorously defend the interests of taxpayers against those who seek to profit without providing performance."
Click here to Download Davids' letter to Swanson