But surely health care insurance is too important to play mere politics with?

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.’ ”

Oh.

20 comments on “But surely health care insurance is too important to play mere politics with?

  1. Washington D.C. is a special case, politically. Its demographic makeup is overwhelmingly Democrat and overwhelmingly African-American. For all intents and purposes, its Detroit with monuments. I doubt you will see this sort of thing repeated anywhere else… both Obama and Obamacare are toxic at the moment, and there is little to no incentive, political or otherwise, for insurance commissioners and state politicians to stick their necks out to save The One.

  2. “Washington D.C. is a special case, politically. Its demographic makeup is overwhelmingly Democrat and overwhelmingly African-American.”

    Which may be true, but does not explain insurance commissioner William White’s original decision.

  3. What nobody’s talking about, interestingly enough, is the very likely toxic side-effect of Obama’s “fix”… It absolutely guarantees that the vast majority of the 5,000,000 who have lost their insurance will not buy Obamacare policies any time soon. They’re going to be sitting there waiting to see if they can get their old policies reinstated. Irrespective of whether, or how soon, the website gets fixed, sign up numbers are going to continue to be well below those necessary to make Obamacare work. The “fix” does nothing but add death-spiral pressure to a system that is most probably already on the very edge of collapse.

  4. “Which may be true, but does not explain insurance commissioner William White’s original decision.”

    It appears his original decision was based on a firm understanding of how insurance works, how the insurance industry works, and how insurance regulation works. I’d add that it appears he also understood the obvious… Obamacare cannot work unless people are forced out of the policies they have and forced into the policies Obamacare provides.

  5. Dennis, you said “Washington D.C. is a special case, politically. Its demographic makeup is overwhelmingly Democrat and overwhelmingly African-American.”

    Are you aware that William P. White, the fired commissioner, is both a Democrat and African-American?

    So it seems White was fired because he failed to understand the Democrat and African American makeup in D.C., even though he is Democrat and African-American and “his original decision was based on a firm understanding . . .”

    Lewis Carroll, call your office.

  6. Oi, Tim, Cuntface McShane has pled guilty. Only one charge mentioned: presumably he bargained the others away by agreeing to one guilty plea.

    How do I know there were others? I have dealt with crooks; there is never just one crime. I mean, it’s logically possible that there’s just one, but you never come across such a case (except maybe for high drama stuff that I’ve no experience of, such as murder).

  7. Note, Johnnie-poo, that what White said was essentially what the Insurance Commissioners Association and AHIP said last week. His statement also mirrors what Washinton state’s Insurance Commissioner said in rejecting the “Obamacare fix” for his state… and that particular individual was both a Democrat and a staunch Obamacare supporter. White was fired because he didn’t tow the Obama line. That is not likely to be repeated elsewhere simply because D.C. is, demographically, an outlier.

  8. “Note, Johnnie-poo

    Nice one. But it’s still better than your first one.

    “what White said was essentially what the Insurance Commissioners Association and AHIP said last week.”

    Yes, I know that. I also know that White is Democrat and African-American.

    You still fail to comprehend the slur you cast on Democrats and African-Americans in Washington DC.

    You see, in the U.S., it’s normal for African Americans (and sometimes even Democrats) to display common sense and understanding.

    You would have done better from the beginning to have attributed White’s firing to the hyper-ideological D.C. Mayor, rather than, as you did, to “Democrats” and, even more unfortunately, to “African-Americans.”

  9. Ah, yes. Let’s play the race card. There was no slur, just calling it as it is. If you think Vince Grey’s decision was based on solely on ideological grounds, you’re the one who’s gonna get that call from Lewis Carroll’s office. AAs didn’t vote >90% for Obama solely on the basis of ‘ideology’, Slick.

  10. “AAs didn’t vote >90% for Obama solely on the basis of ‘ideology’, Slick.”

    So Dennis, who is playing the race card? Who cast the slur?

    Signs point to you.

    have a nice day.

  11. Well, we’re coming to the end of the business day on Monday. In other racist news from Amerikkka…

    Number of states formally rejecting Obama’s “fix”: 4
    Number of states formally accepting Obama’s “fix”: 0
    Number of Democratic congressmen announcing they voted for the Upton bill because they thought Obama’s “fix” was illegal: 1
    Number of governors endorsing Obama’s “fix”: 0

  12. Massachusetts’ insurance commissioner has now formally rejected Obama’s “fix”. That makes five states, along with Washington (state), Rhode Island, Arkansas and Vermont.

  13. California, Florida and Kentucky have decided to allow existing policies to be extended per the Obama “fix”. No word yet on whether any of the insurance companies will actually extend cancelled policies.

  14. So the basic problem is, we are told, The One did not have a clue what was going on? No one told him the website was going to be a disaster?

    Well firing people who speak out is certainly going to help there.

    Someone replay Clint Eastwood’s routine with the chair.

  15. SMFS,

    “So the basic problem is, we are told, The One did not have a clue what was going on? ”

    Isn’t he a big young to be using the Reagan defence?

    Very interesting exchange from 2009 in this article from the WSJ between Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, Republican who is also a physician, and Christina Romer, then chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, it’s about half way down.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304439804579205813863493136

  16. But… but… John Band said on this very blog not a month or two back that there were no problems with the ACA and that it was all Repubtard hogwash.

    John?

    John?

    Anyone got a number for John?

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