January 29, 2010

HHS Actively Hid Paid Shill Jonathan Gruber's Relationship With Administration
— Ace

We already knew that Gruber testified before Congress, shilling for Obama, without thinking he needed to mention he'd received almost $400,000 from Obama (via the HHS), and was speaking with his de facto paymaster, Peter Orszag, all through this process. While Orszag was pimping his "independent analyses" to the sleepy-headed media.

That we knew.

What we didn't know is that Congress asked HHS to disclose all of its consultants. And the HHS refused to do so.

In July, Senator Enzi write to HHS Secretary Sebelius requesting among other information, a list of all outside consultants with the Department and copies of their agreements. HHS was unresponsive to this request, which should have revealed your relationship with the Department. Senator Enzi recently wrote again to reiterate this request to HHS Secretary Sebelius and to ask for additional information concerning your relationship with the Department. Senator Grassley also wrote to Secretary Sebelis requesting that HHS require any individuals under contract with the Department to disclose that fact publicly prior to any testimony before Congress. Additionally, Senator Grassley requested that HHS provide a complete list of individuals who are currently under contract, or have been under contract at any point last year, to assist the Department in any aspect of the health care reform process.

Just wait until we take back one (or two) houses of Congress and can investigate for real, with the power of the subpoena.

Just wait.

Posted by: Ace at 07:55 AM | Comments (26)
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Just wait until we take back one (or two) houses of Congress and can investigate for real, with the power of the subpoena.

As long as we have RINOs like Grahamnasty on the committees they will never do it.

Posted by: Vic at January 29, 2010 07:57 AM (QrA9E)

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In the meantime, Congress can investigate why gas is so expensive.

And baseball.

Posted by: FireHorse at January 29, 2010 07:58 AM (cQyWA)

3 In any case, if it was up to me the HHS would be defunded and elliminated. There is nothing in the Constituion that authorized money for them to begin with.

Posted by: Vic at January 29, 2010 07:59 AM (QrA9E)

4 HHS?  Jonathan Gruber?  Paid shill?  Sounds like one for the cables.

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at January 29, 2010 08:00 AM (QKKT0)

5
lol @ 'just wait'

The Republicans are pussies.

Posted by: This is lolboner at January 29, 2010 08:00 AM (jVldi)

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Just wait until we take back one (or two) houses of Congress and can investigate for real, with the power of the subpoena.

My balls are already descending from my abdomen.

"Ready for dipping, sir!!!!"

Posted by: EC at January 29, 2010 08:01 AM (mAhn3)

7 While I agree stuff like this needs investigated, I hope that if both houses are taken back that the Republicans don't spends all their time on investigations as there will be more pressing matters, like killing the rest of obama's job eating agenda

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 08:06 AM (wuv1c)

8  Transparency, as used ... in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability 

Posted by: garrett at January 29, 2010 08:07 AM (apI2P)

9 Once the subpoenas disclose the relationship Obama will have been transparent.

Posted by: Logician at January 29, 2010 08:07 AM (bN5ZU)

10

Secretary Sebelis, post-natal abortion advocate, is really on-board with the whole TRANSPARENCY thing 

good job Obama!

Posted by: dagny at January 29, 2010 08:07 AM (oVO2j)

11 In the meantime, Congress can investigate why gas is so expensive.

Schyeah, right.  They'd rather tax it so hard normal people can't afford to drive.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at January 29, 2010 08:08 AM (mR7mk)

12 Just wait until we take back one (or two) houses of Congress and can investigate for real, with the power of the subpoena.

Maybe then the Ethics Committee won't let the Charlie Rangels, Chris Dodds and John Murthas that have brazenly committed crimes off with a slap on the wrist.

Posted by: Griff at January 29, 2010 08:09 AM (O9Cc8)

13 Just wait until we take back one (or two) houses of Congress and can investigate for real, with the power of the subpoena.


I won't hold my breath..

The bush administration just flipped Congress the bird whenever they sent subpoenas.. having the Justic Department as part of your administration kinda helps there..

So I don't doubt the Obama admin will do exactly the same.. 

That is.. unless you were being sarcastic.. in that case.. never mind!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 29, 2010 08:09 AM (f9c2L)

14 This is more of that fabled "transparency" that Obama campaigned on. 

Posted by: Hatchet Five at January 29, 2010 08:12 AM (wPZU5)

15 Anybody who investigates this will be named "Worst Person in the World" and be the subject of a 20-minute rant comparing them to Nazi collaborators.  That will stop the GOP for sure.

Posted by: Keefums Olberdouche at January 29, 2010 08:14 AM (wPZU5)

16 Starting to wonder if he meant he was going to install a lot more windows in the White House so that it would be transparent. Otherwise, he is really fucking up.

Posted by: dagny at January 29, 2010 08:15 AM (oVO2j)

17 What's Murtha going to do without earmarks? Because we all know Obama is agianst those.....

Posted by: dagny at January 29, 2010 08:16 AM (oVO2j)

18 A huge problem with busting these people is that our fine, impartial, totally truth-telling, intellectual betters in Minitru will make it look as if the GOP is doing to the Dems what the Dems "Had too much class to do to Bush."
You know, cuz as everybody knows, Bush and his cronies are war criminals and belong in jail but Obama didn't go after them because of uhhh..... his classiness.

And you know the Dems are counting on that and the NY Times and Wash Post already have the stories written, they're only waiting to fill in the names.

Posted by: Veeshir at January 29, 2010 08:20 AM (CNMEV)

19 The KGB operated more transparently than this Obama junta does.  I'm just saying...

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 29, 2010 08:25 AM (rwfwZ)

20 Remember the outrage over Armstrong Williams being a paid consultant of the WH and promoting "No Child Left Behind"?  Well, this Jonathon Gruber thing is a much bigger deal, and there isn't nary a peep!  Odd, huh?

Posted by: runningrn at January 29, 2010 08:26 AM (CfmlF)

21 WHERE'S ALL THAT TRANSPARENCY WE WERE PROMISED?

Posted by: GarandFan at January 29, 2010 08:32 AM (ZQBnQ)

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WHERE'S ALL THAT TRANSPARENCY WE WERE PROMISED?

Can you see what's going on?  No?  Then it must be transparent.  GED.

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at January 29, 2010 08:36 AM (pZEar)

23 Transparent = Cloak of Invisibility

Posted by: rightzilla at January 29, 2010 10:27 AM (rVJH4)

24 I'm about convinced that if Obama was caught on videotape taking a huge bribe or similar, the MSM would ignore it.  And half of Americans are so fucking stupid or Leftist or apathetic or corrupt that even if they saw the video, they'd just tilt their head amiably and say, "Was their some reason we should be concerned about that?"

Stupid bastards deserve what they're gonna get.

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