DC Health Commissioner fired after questioning Obamacare fix

posted at 3:31 pm on November 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Coming to you from the Department of Tolerance, Compromise and Open Discussion, we find an interesting story of Human Resources action in DC. After the President announced his “fix” to the “If You Like Your Plan” problem, William White, the DC insurance commissioner, echoed concerns that many people expressed, asking if this sort of change might not undermine the entire premise of the system and lead to even more people paying higher premiums or losing their plans. This was clearly an important question, so the Mayor of the District of Columbia called him into the office to discuss the policy and determine the best way forward.

Naw… I’m just kidding. They fired him on the spot.

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.’ ”

White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans.

I saw this story at Ace of Spades, where the obvious question is asked.

Can you imagine being a state Insurance Commissioner right now? How much pressure is being put on them to enact a fix that they know can’t work and may very well be illegal?

We don’t have to imagine very much here. There are already state commissioners who are balking at this, and not all of them are from red states. They range from Washington state to Arkansas, and those who do this sort of thing for a living have been left with their jaws hanging open. And yet, if they are in a state where their bosses are on board with the Go Obama Machine, it’s got to be a pretty uncomfortable day at the office if they raise these concerns in public. But what’s the alternative? Just fire them all and keep hiring until you find people who will parrot the company line, facts be damned?

Hey… on second thought, that just might work.


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Political heresy is a firing offense among the Obama faithful.

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Bmore!

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Schadenfreude!

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Aaaaaand BISHOP!

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

in a related note, Richard Nixon turned over in his grave and is now facing up.

Floriduh Jim on November 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

In unrelated news, being a General in the Wehrmacht was a dangerous occupation in 1944-45.

Cicero43 on November 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

This was clearly an important question, so the Mayor of the District of Columbia called him into the office to discuss the policy and determine the best way forward.

Naw… I’m just kidding

THIS QUOTE illustrates why you are a COMPLETE, PLUPERFECT IDIOT!!!!

When you – if EVER - “get” why this is UN-Funny, and NOT Something to Joke About – but instead evidence of a SERIOUS THREAT TO LIBERTY that calls for A DIRECT REPUDIATION and A Time To THREATEN ACTION OF OUR OWN……..THEN you MIGHT be considered “conscious”…………

williamg on November 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Shugging OFF their Brutal Partisan Attacks and Invective as a “Joke” with a “Laugh” –

Is EXACTLY what they WANT you to do – you Useful IDIOT!!!

It gives them An OPEN PATH to promulgating their AGENDA – NO Obstacles!

williamg on November 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Thou Shalt Not Question Dear Leader!

AZCoyote on November 17, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Basically the “fix” is Obama choosing not to enforce the law.
But that does not mean he can force Insurance Companies to break the law? Regardless what the state commissioners do? He can’t compel the Insurance companies to break the law just because it is convenient politically. Am I right?
What about small business owners (having less than 50 employees). My husband just received a cancellation letter from the insurance company via his employer. If the insurance company goes along with the fix and resurrects the cancelled plan, is his employer (small business owner) obligated to offer the illegal plan? I don’t think so.

We are left in confusion and dealing with the chaos.

kooly on November 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Getting more desperate.

22044 on November 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Off topic, but you have to see this piece of grand political theater. Lets see a show of hands: who believes this is staged for the benefit of the Wyoming voters?

DFCtomm on November 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The party demands ideological purity.

Murphy9 on November 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Now we know why that Insurance industry executive on the QOTD thread spoke on condition of anonymity.

Cleombrotus on November 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Three more years of this crap? I wonder if the nation will survive without total takeover by the government.

HiJack on November 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

If that is the case – why wasn’t Lois IRS Learner fired?

This is what they did in the Soviet Union – well at least the guy was not excuted out back…..

redguy on November 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

The party demands ideological purity.

Murphy9 on November 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

So did the Nazi’s and the Communist’s……

redguy on November 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

DC Health Commissioner fired after questioning Obamacare fix

…T H U G S !

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“On October 20, 1973, with Cox having refused to drop the subpoena, Nixon demanded the resignations of attorney general Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus for refusing to fire the special prosecutor. Nixon’s search for someone in the Justice Department willing to fire Cox ended with the Solicitor General Robert Bork.”

Bork fired Cox ….

going2mars on November 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Bork fired Cox ….

going2mars on November 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

As he SHOULD have!!

williamg on November 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Apology accepted, Captain Needa.

DarthBrooks on November 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Remember when Bush the Second wanted to fire a few attorneys general, and it was the end of the world in the press and in Dem press releases?

Now Obumbler wants everyone to break his own law, and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

How does D.C. have it’s very own insurance commissioner…?
The state commissioner is not good enough?

NeoKong on November 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Hmm.

Fired for having the same view that The Won had just a week ago.

Could a troll please explain this to us?

Shaughnessy on November 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

How does D.C. have it’s very own insurance commissioner…?
The state commissioner is not good enough?

NeoKong on November 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

What state?

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The first rule for a man of obama’s kind; attack with the full force of your office any and all opposition. The second rule; don’t do anything to anyone who supports you, no matter how egregious.

Pardonme on November 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Remember when Bush the Second wanted to fire a few attorneys general, and it was the end of the world in the press and in Dem press releases?

Now Obumbler wants everyone to break his own law, and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Dissent is only Patriotic when a Rethuglican is President.

Del Dolemonte on November 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

How does D.C. have it’s very own insurance commissioner…?
The state commissioner is not good enough?

NeoKong on November 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Really?

Rio Linda Refugee on November 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

How does D.C. have it’s very own insurance commissioner…?
The state commissioner is not good enough?

NeoKong on November 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I went to school in Rio Linda and I know the answer to that question.

Rio Linda Refugee on November 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

So he has the distinction of being the only person fired because of the the screwed up Obamacare roll-out?

myiq2xu on November 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

The scumbag mayor didn’t even have the guts to fire the guy himself — delegated to “an aide”.

KS Rex on November 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Oops, not “an aide”, but a “Top deputy” — the mayor’s still a Obamabot jerk.

KS Rex on November 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Bmore!

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Schadenfreude!

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Aaaaaand BISHOP!

novaculus on November 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

ffs, knock that off, please.

Midas on November 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Leftist hubris and delusion

Schadenfreude on November 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

“DC Health Commissioner fired after questioning Obamacare fix”
…for those who know history: think of Tricky Dick’s SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE.

TeaPartyNation on November 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I was wondering, if an insurance carrier decides to continue the sale of polices that are now illegal under the law, and that carrier is a publicly traded company, can a shareholder go to court to seek an injunction in order to stop them from violating the law?

Dusty on November 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

When they came for the insurance commissioners, I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t an insurance commissioner.

Galtian on November 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

if i like my insuracne commissioner, can i keep him?

t8stlikchkn on November 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.

Philly on November 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Obama the lawless.

Axion on November 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

they never said they fired him because of his commment though

nonpartisan on November 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Obviously an atheist who does not believe in the LightBringer.

Dhuka on November 17, 2013 at 6:08 PM

they never said they fired him because of his commment though

nonpartisan on November 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

They don’t have to. Message delivered.

PackerBronco on November 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Question the lawlessness of the Obama cartel at your own risk.

Bruce MacMahon on November 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

How does D.C. have it’s very own insurance commissioner…?
The state commissioner is not good enough?

NeoKong on November 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

DC is not under the jurisdiction of any state.

massrighty on November 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

It woulld be great if Democrats would just “go in a different direction” and never come back.

America is tired of their stupidity.

virgo on November 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

they never said they fired him because of his commment though

noforeskin on November 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

…where did you go to school again?

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Fired for having the same view that The Won had just a week ago.

Could a troll please explain this to us?

Shaughnessy on November 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

As every good comic knows,
it’s all in the timing.

AesopFan on November 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

The beatings will continue until morale improves…

shorebird on November 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Today is 11-18-13. Tune in tonight on Fox news to Megyn Kelly. She will let 20 million Americans know what scum of the earth lowlife crooks are. It’s going to be fun.

tmgrant on November 18, 2013 at 7:29 AM

State insurance commissioners or insurance companies would have to be crazy, Liberal or both to sell policies that His Sovereign Eminence is allowing them to sell. Obama isn’t changing the law. He is promising them he won’t prosecute them for selling a policy that is illegal under ObamaCare.

Additionally, if there is a problem with a claim, how do you argue before a judge or an arbitration board a decision that is based on a policy that is illegal?

Numbuh One on November 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Dr. Obama’s Magic Affordable Elixir cures all ills known to man!

(Get that heckler out of the amen chorus!)

A single sip and your troubles dissolve.

(Along with your insurance policy.)

Your first bottle is free!

(Every flask after that will cost you.)

profitsbeard on November 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM