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Washington, D.C., Commissioner Ousted After Criticizing Obama “Fix”

The insurance commissioner of Washington, D.C. has resigned under pressure following his comments regarding President Obama’s healthcare plan fixes...
November 20, 2013

The insurance commissioner of Washington, D.C. has resigned under pressure following his comments regarding President Obama’s healthcare plan fixes. Commissioner William P. White was notified Friday by Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins, who works for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, that White’s services were no longer needed.

White had issued a press statement on Nov. 14 in which he said he concurred with the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC's) sentiment, which stated that “this decision continues different rules for different policies and threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.” In an email to the National Underwriter following his resignation, White said “I was not criticizing the president, but I was calling into question the course of action being suggested because of its potential impact on the DC marketplace and its residents.” White said he wasn’t entirely surprised by the mayor’s decision, given that this is an election year and things are always sensitive.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Ousted (National Underwriter 11/18/13)