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Bare-bones invoicing, grad student work raises questions about state oversight of Gruber’s contract

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

Bare-bones invoices billing for rounded numbers of hours and identical invoices for two separate months have led critics to question how state officials can be satisfied the bills submitted by Gruber are accurate.

Republicans request records of Gruber’s work for Vermont

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

GOP lawmakers are seeking public records related to health care economist Jonathan Gruber’s work for the Shumlin Administration. They cite a need for transparency, given Gruber’s past remarks about health care politics.

Gruber agrees to take pay cut for single-payer work

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

The state will make no further payments to Jonathan Gruber, following the recent discovery of controversial remarks by the health care consultant. Gruber’s team will be paid to finish work on a single-payer health care system.

It’s too late to fire MIT economist, Shumlin says

Photo of William Hsiao and Jonathon Gruber.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said despite a series of disparaging remarks made by state-hired economist Jonathan Gruber, his expertise is needed to complete projections of the impact of a publicly funded health care system.

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Campaign for Vermont, GOP lawmakers join call for Gruber’s termination

Critics of the governor’s health care reform plans seized on the impolitic remarks of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber on Monday, urging the Shumlin administration to terminate his contract with the state. The policy advocacy group Campaign for Vermont has started a petition demanding that Gruber’s $400,000 economic modeling contract for the state’s planned single-payer program […]

Critics demand dismissal of Jonathan Gruber, the Shumlin administration’s health care analyst

Photo of William Hsiao and Jonathon Gruber.

Conservatives are holding up remarks made a year ago as proof that Jonathan Gruber, who bills himself as an architect of the Affordable Care Act, intentionally misled the American public when he worked for the Obama administration. In a video clip, Gruber says a “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” in getting legislation passed.

Too soon for single-payer obituary, supporters say

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Quechee, sits for an interview at his Statehouse office on Tuesday. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

Publicly financed health care cannot be dismissed until the financing and benefits plans are shared, lawmakers say.

What will the election mean for single-payer?

Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The results of Tuesday’s election, with a close shave for Gov. Shumlin and Democratic losses in the legislature, could mean a rough road ahead for single-payer health care. Supporters insist they will press on, while opponents take the results as a validation.

Mary Alice Bisbee: Elect those who support single-payer

We will be better off to stick with the current health care goal for 2017 than to change the top horse in midstream and get mired in the mud.

Peter Sterling: Single-payer a true solution

Simply throwing more of our tax dollars for increased payments to hospitals and health care providers is like painting over the rusty spots on your car so it can pass inspection.

Former House Majority Whip to leave single-payer advocacy group

Former Democratic Majority Whip Tess Taylor, will leave her current position with single-payer advocacy group Vermont Coalition for Universal Reform (Vermont CURE) after the Nov. 4 election. Taylor, a three-term representative from Barre, resigned from the legislature in March to join the group. Bram Kleppner, chair of the Vermont CURE board, told Vermont Public Radio […]

Feliciano claims Shumlin wants to ‘take over’ Medicare

Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Feliciano holds a news conference on Medicare. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Libertarian Dan Feliciano says Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to use Medicare money to finance single-payer health care. State officials say they have no intention of doing so and couldn’t if they wanted to.

Richard Davis: Not what it seems

The move to single payer should not be abandoned because of the current bureaucratic website nightmare.

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