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In Defense of Jon Gruber

Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber has become a pariah these days. The MIT professor has been losing contracts with state governments almost on a daily basis. He is being excoriated by the right wing media. And now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking lawmakers not to seat him next to Medicare’s top official when the two testify on Capitol Hill today.

Gruber and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner are both scheduled to appear as witnesses before the Government Oversight panel, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif). ”Having the two seated together—with all the resulting photos—would be a public relations nightmare for the administration,” says

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John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.”

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A BETTER CHOICE: Healthcare Solutions for America
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to “repeal and replace” it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?

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