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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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