It would appear that the first political victim of the problematic Affordable Care Act rollout might be the D.C. insurance commissioner. From the Washington Post:
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.’?”
What White said on Thursday was in line with assessments by several policy experts. People who currently have individual policies tend to be relatively healthy, so allowing them to stay out of the exchanges for another year will likely cause some increase in premiums on the exchanges. D.C. is expected to run one of the smallest exchanges in the country so assuring a large enough risk pool is a real concern in the district.
White’s statement critical of Obama’s fix has been removed from the city’s website.