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Issa Subpoenas Gruber's Contracts, Documents on Obamacare

Issa may be wrapping up his term on Oversight, but he's not done with Gruber. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

You didn't really think House Republicans were done with Jonathan Gruber, did you? No, of course not. Outgoing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa late Thursday issued a subpoena for the Obamacare consultant who testified earlier this week before the panel on his comments about "the stupidity of the American voter." Issa, who is wrapping up his last term as chairman due to term limits, wants the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write the Affordable Care Act to turn over to the committee: — All documents relating to the ACA or federal and state health care exchanges.  

— Contracts for his work on the ACA. — Work products, including Gruber's economic models or simulations, produced on the ACA. In Tuesday's hearing, Gruber repeatedly refused to discuss how much money he'd earned as a consultant on the ACA. He did, though, apologize frequently for his captured-on-tape remarks that have inflamed lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. "Glib, thoughtless, and sometimes downright insulting," he said. " I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely." Issa, R-Calif., called the comments "deceitful," and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings said the MIT professor's remarks were "stupid — I mean absolutely stupid.    

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