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Ben Nelson: Intermediary Between States and Feds on Obamacare

Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), as the new CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), will act as the primary intermediary between the states and Washington in the implementation of Obamacare...
January 30, 2013

Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), as the new CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), will act as the primary intermediary between the states and Washington in the implementation of Obamacare. The states are trying to carry out the wide-ranging law without sinking their health insurance markets — or giving up too much of their traditional regulatory purview. Nelson’s hiring gives the NAIC a high-profile leader who knows the ins and outs of state and federal policy at a time when states are struggling to understand the new environment.

The Washington newspaper Politico notes Nelson’s post-Senate gig offers cynics what it calls, one of those “only in Washington” moments: The conservative Democrat who nearly doomed the president’s landmark health care law, only to provide the 60th vote to pass it, is getting paid to help carry it out now that he’s in the private sector.

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