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November 17, 2013 - 6:39 am
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A majority of state insurance commissioners across the country have made it clear that applying President Obama’s “fix” to Obamacare isn’t possible and would only make matters worse.

But the very first insurance commissioner who made that argument has been fired.

From the Washington Post:

A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.

White was called into a meeting Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction,” White told The Washington Post on Saturday.

White said the mayoral deputy never said that he was being asked to leave because of his Thursday statement on health care. But he said the timing was hard to ignore. Roughly 24 hours later, White said, he was “basically being told, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ ”

White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans.

In persuading Congress to vote for the health-care overhaul, Obama had promised that Americans who liked their insurance plans would be able to keep them. When that turned out to not be the case, Obama apologized last week. And to stem growing bipartisan dissent, he announced Thursday that plans slated to be canceled next year to comply with the legislation could be extended for one year.

While the president’s plan sounded like a simple fix, it rattled the insurance industry, which had set prices for next year based on many of its products changing to comply with the health-care law. Allowing some plans to continue beyond Jan. 1 could also run afoul of provisions in laws passed by dozens of states and the District to implement the Affordable Care Act.

In a statement issued Thursday, White hinted strongly that he opposed the idea.

“The action today undercuts the purpose of the exchanges, including the District’s DC Health Link, by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate,” the statement said.

He also pointed to a statement issued by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that said the Obama order “threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”

“We concur with that assessment,” White said Thursday.

It’s tempting to draw a line from the White House to the D.C. mayor’s office and speculate on why Mr. White was good enough to perform his duties on Thursday but not on Friday after making a statement questioning the Obamacare fix offered by the president. It seems rather sudden, doesn’t it?

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Gang, I just found out the real reason for Mr. White's canning. From the WaPo article:

"White had served as Gray’s commissioner for the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking since February 2011. Prior to last week, his most high-profile and controversial role had been as chief of the department that took control of Chartered Health Plan, the city’s largest manager of health care for low-income residents, amid questions about “irregularities” in its finances.

Chartered was owned by businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, who has been implicated in funding a $650,000 “shadow campaign” to elect Gray. White oversaw the successful sale of the insurer’s assets, and his department’s handling of the transition has been generally viewed positively."

So! Mr. White had earlier cleaned up a rotten Health Department and caused considerable personal inconvenience to one of Mayor Gray's business cronies. Here, Mayor Gray gets to kill two birds with one stone; serve up a cold dish to his too-honest-for-convenience insurance commish AND curry some favor with Dear Leader.

Once again campers, it ain't rocket science. All you need to know about politics you already learned back in kindergarten.
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The only honest man in D.C. is purged for exposing the emperor's uncovered ass.
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What is troubling about this political firing is that there will be no backlash from anyone. This man who was giving his professional opinion and was canned for being truthful. If there was just one like him in Obama's administration we might be in a better place today.
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"White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans."
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The roll-out wasn't botched - it went on exactly as planned - and reactions by We The People were 'expected' by any that bothered to read what was in the bill - no thanks to Nazcy Pelozi and her "you have to pass the bill..." ignorance/arrogance (take your pick).

What was 'unexpected' was the blow-back from We The People - much like those other 'unexpected' happenings. Like the rising unemployment levels early in this admin's reign were 'unexpected' - like the tack taken by this admin away from Israel was 'unexpected' - like the debacle at Benghazi was 'unexpected' - or the IRS acting as an arm of the campaign was 'unexpected'. The reaction to people losing their health care was 'unexpected' only by these incompetent fools in this admin. Obama expects people to eat his sh!t-sandwiches and ask for more - his reaction to our 'no thanks' was 'unexpected'! We asked for less! That was 'unexpected'! While the reaction by We The People was certainly 'unexpected' by these fools the actual insurance coverage losses were not 'unexpected'.


Should our congress grow a pair and rise up and impeach this fool of a man it will be 'unexpected'.

But very welcome!



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Under Obama, and dems like him, like the mayor of DC, it does not pay to be an honest public official.
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They should have just sent him to a re-education camp……...
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I just hope Obama does not turn to Bill Ayers for advice on how to handle the demise of ACA. They will definitely send the Obama's Lesbian Avengers after me.
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too bad Walt Disney isn't still alive. he could turn this whole fiasco of an administration into a new cartoon. the mealy mouth boys. it wouldn't take much imagination to develop some cartoon characters. a target rich environment as they say.
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They're just racists - he was fired because he is White.
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The only honest man in D.C. is purged for exposing the emperor's uncovered ass.
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