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D.C. insurance commissioner fired day after he questions Obamacare fix

The insurance industry seemed rattled after the president’s announcement Thursday and White had said he concurred with a statement released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that said the president’s order Thursday “threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”

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11/18/2013

Washington D.C. Insurance Commissioner William P. White was fired the day after he questioned President Obama’s decision on Thursday to let people keep health care plans slated for cancellation.

In pushing for Obamacare, the president had said people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them under his new overhaul, but after public outcry when people’s plans began to be cancelled, the president Thursday said health policies slated for cancellation could be extended for a year, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The insurance industry seemed rattled after the president’s announcement Thursday and White had said he concurred with a statement released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that said the president’s order Thursday “threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”

Spokesmen declined comment on whether White had been fired because of his stance on the president’s fix.

White had said he would be “derelict” in his duties had he not commented on the president’s announcement.

White said he was never told he was being asked to leave because of his comment Thursday but was basically told, “Thanks but no thanks.”

He was called into a meeting Friday with one of the mayor’s top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction.”

The Post article said the timing of White’s departure was “hard to ignore.”

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