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DC official fired after criticizing Obama change

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 2:30am  ET

Why the quick goodbye?

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reports.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia's insurance commissioner has been fired a day after he questioned President Barack Obama's announcement that canceled insurance policies can be extended for a year.

Insurance Commissioner William White tells The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1cCIFBM ) he was fired Friday by a deputy to Mayor Vincent Gray.

White issued a statement Thursday about Obama's announcement on the health insurance exchanges. White said the change "undercuts the purpose of the exchanges ... by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate." He said he agrees with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that extending canceled policies could lead to higher premiums.

White's statement was later removed from his department's website.

District officials wouldn't comment on White's departure, saying they don't comment on personnel issues.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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