ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican legislator says Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson should consider seeking payback from a health care contractor hired to assist in the launch of the Minnesota insurance exchange.

Rep. Greg Davids of Preston urged Swanson to examine the contract with Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who also advised the White House on the Affordable Care Act. He drew criticism when video surfaced of him saying ignorance among Americans was essential in getting the law passed.

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Gruber helped craft enrollment and other projections for MNsure before it went live last year. He was paid more than $300,000 for his work.

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Davids says he wants the attorney general to verify that Gruber lived up to the contract. A spokesman for Swanson said the office was reviewing Davids’ letter.

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