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Vermont Contract With Health Expert Under Renewed Scrutiny

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the MIT health economist who got into hot water for talking about what he called "the stupidity of the American voter."

Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been reviewing the contract under which Gruber got paid $500 an hour and his assistants got $100 per hour. Hoffer says Gruber provided insufficient documentation to support his invoices to the state.

Vermont Public Radio, on Thursday reported that Robin Lunge, a top health reform aide to Governor Peter Shumlin, is defending the state's dealings with Gruber.

Lunge told VPR that state officials and Gruber's team worked closely enough together for the state to keep close tabs on what Gruber and his people were doing.

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