Gruber fired from state ObamaCare board

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Jonathan Gruber, the consultant who said ObamaCare became law due to the “stupidity of the American voter,” was fired from the board of the Massachusetts health exchange on Wednesday.

{mosads}Gov. Charlie Baker (R) asked Gruber, an MIT professor, to resign, along with three other members of the board, according to the governor’s office.

All three complied. WBZ-TV in Boston first reported the news. 

In the fall, Republicans jumped on a series of videos that surfaced of Gruber commenting on ObamaCare, using them to argue the law was passed through deception.

Besides saying in 2013 that ObamaCare passed because of “the stupidity of the American voter,” Gruber also suggested that American voters were “too stupid to understand the difference” between two parts of the law. 

Republicans in Massachusetts had been calling on Gruber to be removed from the board, but he remained until Baker took office last month. 

The Massachusetts health exchange was plagued by problems last year, much as the federally run marketplaces were. 

Gruber has apologized repeatedly for the comments, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has distanced the administration from his remarks.

“I was extremely offended by his comments,” Burwell said in November. “As a public servant for many years,  I have worked on these issues, and I have complete confidence in the American people.”  

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