Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect whose decision to call the American electorate “stupid” caused a firestorm of controversy, has just been fired from a job consulting the North Carolina state government for his comments.
Speaking to WRAL, a spokesman for State Auditor Beth Wood said that they would prorate the MIT professor for the work he had completed studying the state’s healthcare system — the sum of $100,000 — but terminated his contract immediately. “We can’t use you on a project where you have a bias or where people might even think you have a bias,” he said.
According to the state auditor’s office, they could not “provide appropriate safeguards to eliminate appearance of an independence impairment.”
Earlier this week, Vermont ended a lucrative $450,000 contract with Gruber, and Michigan also vowed to investigate Gruber’s work with their government as well.
Gruber suddenly became controversial when video of him speaking bluntly at an academic conference went viral, especially when he noted that the “lack of transparency” surrounding the passage of Obamacare was “a huge political advantage.
“Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass,” Gruber said.
[h/t The Hill]
[Image via screenshot/University of Pennsylvania]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org