On Gruber: I Don’t Want Apologies; I Want Independent Analysis

By: Monday January 18, 2010 6:50 am

Defenders of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber are still falsely claiming I accused him of tainting his analysis for pay, suggesting that I’m ignoring Gruber’s qualification for the HHS contract, while able commentators demand apologies for these claims. I don’t want apologies; what I want is independent analysis.


NY Times Admits Gruber Problem, Fails to Mention Krugman Problem

By: Sunday January 17, 2010 1:30 pm

In a full throated mea culpa by the New York Times Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, appearing in the Sunday edition, the Times officially describes the critical and material implications which arise when readers are misled by undisclosed interests of sources and authors like Jonathan Gruber in their paper of record. Unfortunately, Hoyt and the Times did not have the decency to apologize to Marcy Wheeler for previously inferring otherwise.

Gruber and Selective Disclosure

By: Sunday January 17, 2010 6:30 am

I barely even know what Paul Krugman is arguing here. In both of his posts attacking anyone calling into question the lack of disclosure on the part of Jonathan Gruber, he acknowledges that Gruber should have disclosed his relationship. That’s really the end of the game here. Nobody is really saying that Gruber didn’t come to his conclusions honestly (though I’ll return to this in a moment) or isn’t saying now what he wouldn’t have said if he was not under contract. The problem is that the White House repeatedly used Gruber as an “objective source” while he was under contract, and neither the White House nor Gruber bothered to disclose that fact for months.

White House Used Gruber’s Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 6:19 am

The White House is placing a giant collective bet on Gruber’s “assumptions” to justify key portions of the Senate bill, which they allowed people to believe was independent verification. Now that we know that Gruber’s work was not that of an independent analyst but rather work performed as a contractor to the White House and paid for by taxpayers, it should be made publicly available so others can judge its merits.

Grassley Sends Letter to Sebelius; Seeks Explanation, Transparency on Gruber

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 2:10 pm

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in reference to Jonathan Gruber’s failure to disclose his financial relationship with the Obama administration when he was testifying before the Senate Finance Committee. It appears that, at the time, Sen. Grassley was unaware Gruber had been given a lucrative, sole source contract by the HHS to do analysis of the “President’s health reform proposal.”

Jonathan Gruber, “Paid Consultant to the Obama Administration”

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 7:57 am

It’s understandable Krugman would be defensive of Gruber. He’s cited him many times. And when Rahm Emanuel touted “progressive” support for the Senate bill in the Wall Street Journal, noting that “what you’re seeing is the progressive backlash against the progressive backlash,” he pointed to a Krugman column as well as “another coming from National Journal writer Ronald Brownstein pressing for passage of the Senate health bill.”

Krugman on the Cadillac-as-Chevy

By: Monday January 11, 2010 4:20 pm

Economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman suggests (though he doesn’t say it directly) that Gruber has been exaggerating. Yet Gruber has, in some way, provided the basic assumptions behind the Administration’s plans. Did he use more realistic assumptions when he did his simulations? Or did he exaggerate the benefit of the excise tax in his assumptions? And what is the relationship between the JCT prediction about the excise tax and any simulations Gruber did before them?

Follow the Money: Your Tax Dollars Bought Jonathan Gruber’s Services

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 4:00 pm

Firedoglake has been researching the relationship of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber with the Obama administration with regard to health care reform. We’re still looking at the money – yes, follow the money, as Deep Throat once said – paid out to Gruber by the government. OUR MONEY, our tax dollars, paid out to Gruber under three administrations.

Gruber Caveats the “Excise Tax Raise” Claim

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 7:30 am

Saturday, DDay pointed out that the NYT, after issuing a fairly pointed correction revealing Jonathan Gruber’s ties with the Administration, then used a quote from Gruber without disclosing his role in the Administration. DDay was focusing on the NYT’s actions.

New York Times Slams Gruber For Lack Of Disclosure… But Then Fails To Disclose Gruber’s Contract In News Story

By: Saturday January 9, 2010 11:35 am

The New York Times published a very harsh correction today, based largely on FDL reporting about MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s failure to disclose a financial relationship with the Obama Administration while writing op-eds and giving quotes for stories in support of key elements of health reform preferred by the White House.

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