White House officials are reportedly pressuring insurance industry executives to keep quiet about Obamacare, according CNN’s Drew Griffin’s report last night.
Insurance executives are not fond of President Barack Obama’s health care plan, and have expressed concerns over the new bill and its poor rollout. The White House allegedly informed insurers that the administration was not pleased, according to The Blaze.
CNN reports multiple sources declined comment on this claim, presumably out of fear of retribution.
However, Bob Laszewski, head of a consulting firm for large insurance companies, was willing to talk on the record.
“The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet,” said Laszewski.
He has been vocally anti-Obamacare, and said he’s been asked by insurance executives to speak out on their behalf “because they feel defenseless against an administration that is regulating their business — and a huge customer.”
Laszewski said insurance company officials are embarrassed that they had to cancel plans, forcing consumers into larger, and possibly more expensive, coverage.
“One of the things I think is clear here is the Obama administration has no trust in anything the health insurance industry is telling them about how to run a health plan,” he said.
Laszewski said that insurers told the White House that the law would lead to thousands of discontinued policies.
White House press secretary Jay Carney denied accusations that the Obama administration is trying to pressure the insurance industry to keep quiet, telling Griffin that it is “preposterous and inaccurate.”
“[It] ignores the fact that every day insurance companies are out talking about the law — in large part because they are trying to reach millions of new customers who will now have new affordable insurance options available from providers through the new Market Places,” Carney said.
Health insurance plans backed by the government accounted for nearly half of health care policies in 2012, CNN reports, and the number is anticipated to increase over the years.