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Insurance Commish Fired After Questioning Fix

From an unfazed Washington Post:

D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fix

By Aaron C. Davis | November 16, 2013

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.

And they aren’t even pretending that Mr. White is resigning ‘to spend more time with his family.’

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…

You do not speak against the revolution. (Even if you are personally even more revolutionary than the leaders.) Party discipline must be maintained at all costs.

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 [sic] 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.

White’s statement was removed from the department’s Web site sometime before Friday morning. Asked about the removal Friday, spokesman Michael Flagg said the department’s statement had changed…

And soon even Mr. White tenure as DC’s insurance commissioner will be air-brushed from history.

Meanwhile, we are still waiting for someone like Kathleen Sebelius to be fired for their gross incompetence. But, no, it’s some lowly insurance commissioner who dared to defy Obama and speak against the revolution. (Even though Mr. White is probably more of a revolutionary than the leaders.)

In any case, it’s now clear Obama isn’t morally opposed to firing people. He is just against firing people for screwing up. He is happy to fire people for any perceived lack of loyalty.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Insurance Commish Fired After Questioning Fix”

  1. Petronius says:

    Stoop, then, and wash. How many ages hence
    Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
    In states unborn and accents yet unknown!
    – Cassius in “Julius Caesar”

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