Published June 24, 2015
Longtime political journalist and pundit Mark Halperin says he owes his Republican sources “an apology” after apparently doubting their claims that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber played a major role in crafting ObamaCare.
Halperin, Bloomberg Politics managing editor, addressed the controversy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, after a Wall Street Journal report first revealed emails showing Gruber playing a deeper role than previously thought.
“I owe all my Republican sources an apology because they kept telling me he was hugely involved, and the White House played it down,” Halperin said. “They were right. The Republicans were right.”
He said he does not think the White House has been “fully forthcoming” about Gruber’s role.
The emails reportedly showed Gruber having frequent discussions with Obama administration staffers on the Affordable Care Act.
The White House, though, has played down his role ever since footage emerged of him making controversial statements — including one mocking the “stupidity of the American voter.”
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the latest report.
“If there’s a bombshell that’s included in those emails, it certainly hasn’t gone off,” he said.
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