Michael Isikoff, the Newsweek veteran who is best known for his investigative reporting on the Monica Lewinsky flap, is out with a lengthy report divulging “fresh details” on how the Obama administration relied on the designers of RomneyCare in fashioning their own health-care law.
Despite the report’s somewhat breathless tone, it’s actually old news that Mitt Romney’s health-care experts helped design ObamaCare. Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who was the architect of both laws, received nearly $400,000 as a consultant to the Obama administration for “technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform.” (Gruber frequently failed to mention this fact when opining on the bill in the press.)
Gruber, for his part, has said all along that RomneyCare and ObamaCare are “basically…the same thing.” Gruber told the Boston Globe in March 2010 that ObamaCare would never have passed had Romney not made “the decision in 2005 to go for it. He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform.”