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D.C. Insurance Commissioner Fired Over Obamacare Criticism

D.C.'s insurance commissioner has been fired after questioning President Obama's proposed fix to the Affordable Care Act.

According to the Washington Post, insurance commissioner William White was fired by Mayor Vincent Gray late Friday, about a day after White stated that he thought Obama's move to allow insurance companies to extend their old plans would, in White's words, "undercut the exchanges."

The president's fix would allow the millions of people who have had their healthcare plans cancelled stay on them for another year. But some insurance experts fear the move could disrupt the exchanges and lead to higher premiums.

White issued his statement right after Obama announced the plan, but his comments were quickly scrubbed from the city's website, and on Friday, according to the Post, White was told that the mayor wanted to go in another direction and he was fired.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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