Insurance commissioner out after criticizing Obamacare fix
November 18th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
8 months ago

Insurance commissioner out after criticizing Obamacare fix

(CNN) - Washington D.C.'s insurance commissioner was forced out of his position after he criticized President Obama's executive action addressing weaknesses in the nation's troubled health care law, a source familiar with the matter said.

William P. White was one of several insurance commissioners across the nation to reject the President's move to allow insurance companies to continue selling policies to consumers who wanted to keep them. He released a statement hours after the president's fix was announced. After his comments, White was quickly replaced by an acting commissioner Sunday, a District of Columbia spokesman said.

"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's statement said, as reported by The Washington Post and other news outlets Saturday.

But White was not replaced because of the statement dismissing the President's policy, but because of "how he went about it," a district official familiar with the situation told CNN.

That official said White failed to notify his immediate supervisor, the district's deputy mayor, of his decision to release a statement criticizing the Obama administration's action.

The district has not yet made a final decision on whether to adopt the new White House guidelines permitting the sale of insurance policies that no longer meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

But a district official said the district may well follow the lead of Washington state and others that have rejected the administration's Obamacare fix.

"The D.C. exchange is doing well," the official said on the condition of anonymity. "We probably aren't going to side with the White House."


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Good for the nation. These Insurance companies are the real thugs of USA. I am glad he is removed, if not, what is wrong with law? These idiots are joining hands with GOP thugs and bribe. Huge bribe in this nation. God bless!!

    November 18, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  2. Rob

    This is what happens when you disagree with the King. Our very own Liar in Chief

    November 18, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. king

    lesson a massive change of healthcare which will be the nation's future of how healthcare is delivered forever is too huge for pebble like this commissioner to stand in its way. these healthcare folks have been dragging the amerian people for too long and i dont have a bit of sympathy for guys like this. right now a few of my family members need healthcare right now, and these repubs obstructionist are in the way. they are saying that obamacare had 3 years to get the website right. they fail to tell us that the amount of uncertainty that the repubs put in front of this healthcare law had nothing to do with the website failure. how many time theyve tried to kill it, pushing it in front of the supreme court. etc. they need to stop with this three year rederic of time, and start talking about how many times the repubs obstructed the time they had to get the website functioning with their constant blockage.

    November 18, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    You tell the TRUTH, and you get FIRED!

    November 18, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  5. Steve- Illinois

    If only the Obama administration had people that would tell it like it is, instead of what he wants to hear, they wouldn't be in this mess. Of course they would have been fired, and replaced with someone less competent.

    November 18, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. skytag

    "The district has not yet made a final decision on whether to adopt the new White House guidelines permitting the sale of insurance policies that no longer meet Affordable Care Act requirements."

    My understanding is that this is not part of the newly proposed guidelines. The White House would only let people keep existing plans. A Republican-sponsored bill in the House would allowed insurance companies to continue selling them.

    November 18, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  7. TomInRochNY

    The commissioner is right. Gutting it even more isn't the answer.

    November 18, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. Tony

    Insurance companies won't renew these plans, because they don't want to. The plans are not as profitable as before. So the Obamacare fix won't make much of a difference. It does not matter if you like your health plan, you can't keep it if your insurance company won't offer it.

    November 18, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. A True Conservative

    Wow – nothing to see here folks! Move along! This isn't tyranny. Tyranny would be if someone were to lose their job because they disagreed with a decision made by a person with power within the governmen.....that would be tyranny.....not a case where a man is fired because he said the Presidents decisiion was wrong....nope THAT isn't tyranny......just trying to put that out tere before the leftist statists start to explain how this President is not a tyrant.....we tied to warn you...but you decided to listen to the left wing instead....now we will ALL pay.....

    November 18, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Affordable care act critics are pushing for single payer system

    November 18, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    How dare he question The Great One? FIRED!!!

    November 18, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. Gunderson

    Around and around and around we go. Where we stop nobody know. Big Clue. Get rid Obama Care. Now!

    November 18, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |