Reporter’s Gruber question prompts Obamacare flack’s eyeroll

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

A Massachusetts Health Connector spokeswoman rolled her eyes when asked if the Patrick administration stands by embattled board member Jonathan Gruber — whose inflammatory remarks have given the GOP new ammo in the Obamacare debate — insisting state officials aren’t paying attention to the national firestorm.

“Some of your colleagues saw me roll my eyes,” spokeswoman Kim Haberlin told a Herald reporter who asked about Gruber during a press event and conference call today updating the progress of the newly launched Connector website, the state’s Obamacare portal.

Asked if the Patrick Administration still has full confidence in Gruber to serve on the Connector board — in light of a Tweet from former Obama and Patrick adviser David Axelrod yesterday that “if you looked up ‘stupid’ in dictionary, you’d find Gruber’s picture” — Haberlin said officials have been too focused on signing up Bay Staters for health insurance to take notice.

“The folks in this room haven’t paid too much attention to it,” said Haberlin. “As I understand it, he has apologized for it.”

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