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DC insurance commissioner fired after criticizing president’s proposed ObamaCare fix

Posted by on Nov. 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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DC insurance commissioner fired after criticizing president’s proposed ObamaCare fix

The District of Columbia’s insurance commissioner says he was fired after questioning President Obama’s plan to fix ObamaCare and saying the city might not follow his suggestions.

Commissioner William White told The Washington Post on Saturday that he was called into Mayor Vincent Gray’s office the prior day and told the Democratic mayor “wants to go in a different direction.”

The president said Thursday that the millions of insurance plans scheduled to be canceled next year to comply with ObamaCare regulations could be extended for a year, after he told Americans prior to the law’s passage that they could keep their existing plans.

However, White and other insurance commissioners across the country have questioned the president’s proposed solution because it could create a mess in the marketplace.  

Some of the top reasons for the commissioners’ objections are: policy prices are already locked in to comply with changes in ObamaCare; an extension could conflict with state-level laws to comply with the law and younger Americans needed to join the federal exchange to keep down costs will wait to enroll.

White told the newspaper that the deputy mayor who asked him to leave didn’t say the request was about his remarks.

City officials have not commented on the situation, saying they cannot discuss personnel issues. However, a city official suggested to The Post, on the condition anonymity, that White posted the statement on the city’s website before getting it approved.

The District and 16 states run their own health-care exchange, compared to the 36 states that have instead chosen to let residents shop and purchase insurance on the federal exchange.

“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,” White said Thursday in a statement.

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

 

by on Nov. 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Nov. 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM
This is not new. Talk bad about any political leader and the result usually isnt good. Most times these statements are vetted before being made public.
29again
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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Is anyone surprised?  There are a lot of people being fired from their jobs because they don't agree with the president's vision.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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Not a bit. And the incompetent ones that agree with him are promoted. Who knew loyalty was more important than ability?

Quoting 29again:

Is anyone surprised?  There are a lot of people being fired from their jobs because they don't agree with the president's vision.


Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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Funny how blatantly corrupt and illegal actions are not penalized, but an employee doing his job and voicing his opinion gets fired. DC is one of the most corrupt places in the US.
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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 6:15 AM
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 Huh?  What is not new.  That is happened?  That Obama has a nasty habit of threatening the free market when he does not get his own way?


Quoting -Celestial-:

This is not new. Talk bad about any political leader and the result usually isnt good. Most times these statements are vetted before being made public.


 

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 6:16 AM
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Well, he did make the comment when he met with the bankers......."I am the only thing standing between you and a pitch fork."  Guess that is the way he does business in Washington.

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 6:17 AM
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 Obama and his croonies have taken it to a new level.


Quoting Analeigh2012:

Funny how blatantly corrupt and illegal actions are not penalized, but an employee doing his job and voicing his opinion gets fired. DC is one of the most corrupt places in the US.


 

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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Obama is doing nothing more than trying to shift blame from democrats to the insurance companies by laying the impossible at their feet.

JustCJ
by on Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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Yep. Unfortunately the dumb are the majority. We learned that last election

Quoting Carpy:

Obama is doing nothing more than trying to shift blame from democrats to the insurance companies by laying the impossible at their feet.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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Democrats.

Quoting DSamuels:

Not a bit. And the incompetent ones that agree with him are promoted. Who knew loyalty was more important than ability?

Quoting 29again:

Is anyone surprised?  There are a lot of people being fired from their jobs because they don't agree with the president's vision.



 

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