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Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has lost his job advising Vermont on setting up its state-run healthcare system, Fox News reports.
The MIT economist has been under fire since videos emerged of him early last week acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act was passed because it was written with language to obfuscate the fact that people were being taxed.
That, along with Gruber's saying the crafters relied on "the stupidity of the American voter," has caused a backlash. Five Republican members of the Vermont General Assembly called on Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin to cancel Gruber's contract.
On Wednesday, Shumlin's spokesman Lawrence Miller said in a prepared statement that Gruber's comments "are offensive, inappropriate and do not reflect the thinking of this administration or how we do things in Vermont . . . As we have also said, we need solid economic modeling in order to move forward with healthcare reform."
Miller said he told Gruber "that I expect his team to complete the work that we need to provide the legislature and Vermonters with a public healthcare financing plan. I've informed Mr. Gruber that we will not be paying him any further for his part in completing that work."
One Democrat just took the first official step towards running for president in 2016 – and it isn’t Hillary Clinton.
Former Democratic Senator Jim Webb has launched an exploratory committee to consider a 2016 run, he announced late Wednesday night. The committee gives him the ability to fundraise, spend, and organize like a presidential campaign, without officially declaring just yet.
Webb is largely an underdog candidate in the shadow of the presumed frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but the popular former senator from Virginia has moderate, anti-war credentials that might ring true with liberals and moderates voters sick of gridlock and military operations.
“Over the past few months, thousands of concerned Americans across the political spectrum have asked me to run for president,” Webb said in a video posted to his website. “A constant theme runs through these requests. Americans want positive, visionary leadership that they can trust.”
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.
NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the project "is no longer under development," and had no further comment.
Netflix announced late Tuesday that it was postponing the Nov. 27 premiere of a new Cosby standup comedy special, giving no hint about whether it will ever be aired. Hours earlier in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," actress Janice Dickinson became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she'd been assaulted by Cosby — charges strongly denied by the comedian's lawyer.
Dickinson told "Entertainment Tonight" that Cosby had given her red wine and a pill when they were together in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room in 1982. When she woke up the next morning, "I wasn't wearing my pajamas and I remembered before I passed out I had been sexually assaulted by this man."