The Washington, D.C. insurance commissioner was fired Friday, the day after he had expressed skepticism about President Obama’s plan to let people keep their current health insurance under Obamacare and indicated that it would not be implemented in Washington.
According to the Washington Post, William White was told that Mayor Vincent Gray (pictured) “wants to go in a different direction.” His comments about the Obamcare ‘fix’ weren’t explicitly referenced, but on Thursday, White had said that the plan would have damaged the law’s insurance marketplaces and “make it more difficult for them to operate.”
The timing was hard to ignore, White told the Post. His statement was also removed from the insurance department’s website.
The city declined to comment on White’s firing.
According to the Post, White had tried to apologize for the comments on Thursday night, before he was fired, in a voicemail for Gray and an email sent to the mayor’s senior staff.