About that “Fuck the UAW” Tax

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 8:51 am

In honor of Steve Rattner’s revelation that Rahm Emanuel wandered around during the auto bailout saying “fuck the UAW,” I’ve renamed the “Cadillac tax” the “Fuck the UAW” tax. Which is appropriate timing given that the Kaiser Family Foundation is out with a study today they should have done during the health care debate, showing [...]

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

By: Sunday January 17, 2010 12:19 pm

Between the auto show and the Prop 8 trial and associated travel, last week was tremendously exhausting for me and it will take me several days to actually report on those two events. But it seems one thing hasn’t moved on very much since last Sunday–the reporting surrounding Jonathan Gruber’s role in pitching the Administration’s health [...]

NY Times Admits Gruber Problem, Fails To Mention Krugman Problem

By: Saturday January 16, 2010 8:26 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.

Marcy Wheeler TeeVee – Jonathan Gruber and the Cadillac Plan

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 6:18 pm

There has been a fair amount of misinformation and disinformation about what has been said by Marcy Wheeler on this blog about Jonathan Gruber, including by Paul Krugman; there was also no foundation for it.

Krugman on the Cadillac-as-Chevy

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 7:37 am

A number of people have pointed to this Krugman post, in which he seemingly agrees with the excise tax apologists. I think that states his position too strongly. What Krugman does is argue is that it makes sense to limit the tax exclusion for benefits. At the same time, he admits there are problems with [...]

Gruber Caveats the “Excise Tax Raise” Claim

By: Saturday January 9, 2010 4:45 pm

Earlier today, 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. But I would like to focus on the quote. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute [...]

Gruber Did Not Disclose Conflict to the WaPo

By: Friday January 8, 2010 12:32 pm

One of the biggest puzzles in Jonathan Gruber’s explanation for why he hasn’t been disclosing his $400,000 HHS contract as he has led the campaign to support the bill is timing. By his own admission, he revealed the contract for a disclosure form associated with a December New England Journal of Medicine article. That form [...]

Reinhardt: Gruber’s Simulations Better than Private Sector Ones

By: Friday January 8, 2010 12:10 pm

After I learned that Jonathan Gruber–one of the biggest pitchmen for the Administration’s health care reform–had also gotten a significant sole source contract from HHS, I wanted to get a sense of how sound the justification for the sole source on it was. I asked Dr. Uwe Reinhardt about the contract. Reinhardt, a professor at [...]

Gruber Doesn’t Reveal that 21% of MA Residents Can’t Afford Health Care

By: Friday January 8, 2010 8:25 am

I was intrigued to see Gruber link–in his response to Ben Smith–to his May 2009 analysis of how to measure affordability for a national healthcare reform plan. After all, I’ve been debating with people who love to cite Gruber on affordability for months, and I’ve never seen them cite it. Now there are several reasons [...]

Gruber’s Response: “Consistent” but Not “Disclosed”

By: Friday January 8, 2010 6:47 am

Ben Smith got a fairly long response from Jonathan Gruber on why he hasn’t disclosed the $392,600 contracts he has had with HHS during the period when he was the chief spokesperson for the Administration’s health care plan. He lays out his qualifications and points to some studies addressing the questions I have asked (I’ll [...]

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