House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has subpoenaed Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, and is demanding that he hand over information on how much money he received from taxpayers to consult on and design Obamacare.
Gruber appeared before Issa's committee on Tuesday, where he was grilled over his comment that the "stupidity of the American voter" helped Democrats pass Obamacare.
Jonathan Gruber of MIT was grilled at a House hearing this week, but members aren't done — they want to know how much he's earned from taxpayer-funded consulting fees on Obamacare.
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During that hearing, Republicans pressed Gruber to say how much he was paid in consulting fees by the Obama administration. But Gruber refused to say, and said the committee should that up that issue with his lawyer.
"This week, Dr. Gruber repeatedly refused to answer several key questions, including the amount of taxpayer funds he received for his work on ObamaCare," Issa said Friday. "The American people deserve not just an apology, but a full accounting, which Dr. Gruber must provide."
In preparation for the hearing, Gruber disclosed that he received $100,000 in taxpayer funds for consulting work over the last two years. But he didn't provide any information about work he did before 2013, including the years in which Obamacare was developed and finally passed into law in 2010.
Republicans indicated they believe Gruber and groups he works with have been paid about $4 million by taxpayers.
Issa warned this week a subpoena would be coming, and he filed it Thursday night. In addition to asking for documents showing how much he has been paid, the subpoena called on Gruber to provide all documents and communications he's had with government at any level, including state governments, that refer to Obamacare.
It also called on him to provide all documents related to any work product he produced for the federal government or any state governments.