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D.C. health commissioner fired after criticizing Obamacare
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There's a lesson to learn from Washington, D.C., health insurance commissioner William P. White and his recent public criticism of Obamacare's rollout: Don't. Mr. White was fired from his position, just one day after talking negatively about President Obama's "administrative fix" for his signature health care reform, The Daily Mail reported. Mr. White said that D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's leading lieutenants told him that he wasn't needed in his position any longer because the mayor decided to "do in a different direction," The Washington Post reported. Mr. White said he wasn't told his firing was due directly to his criticism of the health care rollout — but the "timing was hard to ignore," The Daily Mail reported. Mr. White's criticism took the form of a posting on the government' website. He said in the New York Times that he had requested permission from Mr. Gray to post opposition to one of Mr. Obama's Obamacare-related announcements, but didn't receive it immediately. So he went ahead and posted the criticism anyway, telling the mayor in defense that he had received the go-ahead from his staff, The Times reported. Apparently, that claim wasn't true, The Daily Mail reported. Mr. White had worked for the city for three years. His criticism focused on Mr. Obama's announcement that insurance companies could extend policies of those who wanted to keep their existing plans, The Daily Mail reported. Mr. White's criticism: That move "undercuts the purpose of the exchanges, including the District's D.C. Health Link, by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate," he said, after Mr. Obama announced the decision. Mr. White also argued, The Daily Mail reported: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners say, too, that Mr. Obama's announced fix "threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond."