Taking flak from members of both political parties, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber apologized for what he said were “insensitive” remarks about how the Congress approved the Obama health law, though he joined Democrats in defending the health changes fostered by the reforms.
“I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely for the offending comments that I made,” Gruber said in his opening statement to the House Oversight Committee.
“In some cases I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform,” he added.
Gruber wasn’t skewered only by Republicans for his remarks, as the top Democrat on the committee made sure that Gruber understood what he thought about the comments.
“They were irresponsible; incredibly disrespectful,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who labeled Gruber’s comments “stupid.”
Cummings also said Gruber’s mouth had helped Republican opponents of the Obama health law.
“Worst of all, Dr. Gruber’s statements gave Republicans a public relations gift,” Cummings thundered.