Morgan True who writes for Vermont Digger the state’s premier news website, reports that Jonathan Gruber, who so famously helped design Romneycare and Obamacare then bragged about how the “stupidity” of the American voters helped make the creation of his masterworks possible, is in a spot of trouble. Seem he may have been over-billing the state of Vermont, which had hired him to create a single-payer system, which was to be the first in the nation.
The project failed. Not enough money. And in sifting through the debris, the state’s auditor has found some anomalies in the bills Gruber submitted:
Gruber’s contract included an hourly rate of $500 for his work and $100 for his research assistants. Both invoices the state received were for $100,000. The state was billed for 100 hours for Gruber’s time and 500 hours for his research assistants. The invoices do not include a breakdown of when those hours were worked, or what work was performed. They also do not identify how many research assistants worked the 500 hours, nor do they list the names of the assistants.
In a memo to the Agency of Administration, notifying them that he has referred the matter to the attorney general, [the auditor] writes that it’s “implausible” the actual work would fit neatly into two identical invoices, and suggests the state was remiss not to have challenged that reporting.
Furthermore, public records and Hoffer’s own investigation have shown that Gruber had only one research assistant working on the project. That means the researcher would have to have worked 1,000 hours in a 10-week period to cover the time Gruber billed, or 14 hours per day every day — a feat Hoffer describes as “unlikely.”
Don’t these rubes understand that Gruber and his team came up from MIT? This is the elite, baby. They do the impossible, every day, before breakfast.