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Iowa Insurance Commissioner Gerhart Resigns

On December 5, the office of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced that the resignation of Nick Gerhart as the state’s insurance commissioner would be effective on December 23...
December 20, 2016

Nick Gerhart

On December 5, the office of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced that the resignation of Nick Gerhart as the state’s insurance commissioner would be effective on December 23. In an interview the same day, Gerhart, a Republican who was appointed to a term of four years on February 1, 2013, said that he had decided on a career change and would not seek another term. Gerhart rose to prominence as he worked to implement the healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In November, Gerhart gained national attention by cautioning Republicans not to move rapidly to repeal the ACA without having designed an appropriate replacement. Gerhart warned that an immediate repeal would disrupt healthcare and lead to even greater uncertainty for millions of Americans. Governor Branstad announced the appointment of Deputy Commissioner Doug Ommen as interim insurance commissioner. Ommen served for 20 years in the state government of Missouri, including a term as the state’s insurance commissioner. Audio Interview with Iowa Public Radio

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