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William P. White Out As D.C. Insurance Commissioner One Day After Obamacare Comments

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Just one day after questioning a fix for Obamacare, the insurance commissioner for the District of Columbia was let go from his position.

William P. White told the Washington Post that he was called into a meeting on Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction.”

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White’s dismissal from his post came just one 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, according to The New York Times.

After Obama announced that insurers could extend current plans into 2014 last Thursday, White said he hadn’t determined whether he would allow D.C. residents to keep those plans, the Huffington Post reported.

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“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 said in a Thursday statement. He agreed with reports that Obama's order “threatens to undermine the new market, may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”

White noted that the mayoral deputy never said that he was being terminated because of his Thursday statement on health care, but said it was hard to ignore the timing of it.

Sources: Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The New York Times