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Breitbart Crushes Vermont’s Obamacare Clone

Jonathan Gruber

A week or so ago we told you about the investigation into Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s insider deal with Vermont’s Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin that was being conducted by Michael Patrick Leahy for Breitbart News.

You know, the Jonathan Gruber that thinks American voters are stupid and admitted that Obamacare was sold on a bunch of lies -- that's the Jonathan Gruber at the center of Leahy's investigation.

On a Monday appearance on Vermont’s WVMT, Leahy outlined to Vermonters the series of unanswered questions surrounding Jonathan Gruber’s contract with their state government to develop a financial and economic model for the state’s single-payer plan. In particular, Leahy focused on the serious questions that remain about Gruber’s billing practices.

Two days later, in a surprise news conference, Vermont’s Democratic Governor Shumlin announced he was abandoning his efforts to implement the nation’s first single-payer health care system. The surprise announcement was a stunning setback for supporters of “the next step” envisioned in President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.

Shumlin, who was first elected governor in 2010 on the promise that he would introduce a single-payer health care plan to the state, said that though it was the biggest political disappointment of his career he had concluded the state simply could not afford single-payer at this time.

“The bottom line is that, as we completed the financing modeling in the last several days, it became clear that the risk of economic shock is too high at this time to offer a plan I can responsibly support for passage in the Legislature,” Shumlin said.

But here’s the interesting part – Shumlin has never released Gruber’s work, so we don’t know if Gruber’s work proved that the Vermont version of Obamacare wouldn’t work or that if Shumlin simply cut Gruber loose because of the heat Breitbart and Leahy put on the project.

The Shumlin administration’s lack of transparency about the process, by which their single-payer plan was being developed, ultimately prompted Democratic State Representative Cynthia Browning to file a lawsuit designed to force the administration to release documents related to that process.

Though the Shumlin administration’s claims of executive privilege were backed up by a Superior Court judge’s decision rejecting Browning’s request, a potential appeal of that decision to the State Supreme Court was under consideration at the time Shumlin dropped his political bombshell.

The last-minute reversal by Shumlin is the first major political consequence of the “GruberGate” scandal surrounding recently publicized comments by Jonathan Gruber, the controversial MIT economics professor often called the “architect” of Obamacare.

Shumlin’s announced reason was that “it’s not the right time” for single-payer, but the reality is that Vermont’s voters aren’t as stupid as Gruber and his buddy Gov. Shumlin apparently thought they were. Once they were exposed to the truth about the buddy deal between Shumlin and Gruber by Michael Patrick Leahy and Breitbart the idea of a single-payer healthcare system in Vermont quickly fell apart.

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Johnathan Gruber idiots in the Republican party

This is a good indication which of the stupid population that Herr Johnathan Gruber described when he said that the American people were stupid. It must be all of the folks that fell in line supporting Obamacare at all levels. This is especially true of all those Republicans in Congress and the statehouses that bought that crap hoagie hook line and sinker.

This is especially directed at the Republicans that couldn't bring themselves to do the right thing and put the decision off until the next Congress was seated. You have Dummo-crats and the Retardo-pubs (perfect together)....