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D.C. Insurance Commissioner Fired After Questioning Obama’s Fix For ‘Canceled Plans’

After publicly criticizing the president's proposed fix for plans that had been canceled under the health law and saying the District of Columbia might not go along, D.C.'s insurance commissioner was fired by the mayor's office late last week.

The Washington Post: Fired D.C. Insurance Commissioner Tried To Apologize For Criticizing Obamacare Fix
A fuller accounting of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) firing of the city's insurance commissioner is coming into view. Documents and interviews show that criticism of William P. White was immediate and fierce inside Gray's office last week when White issued a statement critical of President Obama's proposed fix to part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act (Davis, 11/18).

Politico: D.C. Names Insurance Commissioner
The D.C. city government has named Chester A. McPherson as the new acting insurance commissioner, days after the former commissioner was fired following his statement against the White House's administrative fix on cancelled insurance plans. McPherson, the acting commissioner, had been the deputy commissioner of market operations at the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking since August 2011 (Haberkorn, 11/17).

The Washington Post: D.C. Insurance Commissioner Fired A Day After Questioning Obamacare Fix
A day after he questioned President Obama's decision to unwind a major tenet of the health care law and said the nation's capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired. White was called into a meeting Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) top deputies and told that the mayor "wants to go in a different direction," White told The Washington Post on Saturday. White said the mayoral deputy never said that he was being asked to leave because of his Thursday statement on health care. But he said the timing was hard to ignore. Roughly 24 hours later, White said, he was "basically being told, 'Thanks, but no thanks'" (Davis, 11/16).

The New York Times: Washington Insurance Official Is Ousted
The insurance commissioner for the District of Columbia was dismissed from his job just a day after he publicly questioned a decision by President Obama to reverse a provision of the Affordable Care Act, a person with knowledge of the events said on Sunday (Craig and Shear, 11/17).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: Sacked DC Insurance Chief Admits 'Misstep'
The District of Columbia's insurance commissioner lost his job after he publicly criticized President Barack Obama's decision to allow an extension of health policies that don't comply with new federal law, making his comments without approval from the mayor's office on a politically sensitive topic. William P. White, who had been the district's top insurance watchdog since 2011, was replaced over the weekend by a deputy commissioner in the department, who will serve as acting commissioner "effective immediately," according to a statement released Sunday by the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (Scism, 11/17).

The Hill: D.C. Official Fired After Obamacare Criticism
The Washington, D.C., insurance commissioner was fired Friday after criticizing President Obama's plan to address the millions of people who have lost insurance on the individual market. William White was let go by Mayor Vincent Gray’s office after he released a statement critical of the president without first clearing it with the mayor's office, according to reports (Trujillo, 11/18).

Fox News: D.C. Insurance Commissioner Fired After Criticizing President's Proposed Obamacare Fix 
The District of Columbia's insurance commissioner says he was fired after questioning President Obama's plan to fix Obamacare and saying the city might not follow his suggestions. Commissioner William White told The Washington Post on Saturday that he was called into Mayor Vincent Gray's office the prior day and told the Democratic mayor "wants to go in a different direction" (11/17).

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