LETTER FROM INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS ON WHY THEY DID NOT ATTEND MEETING WITH PRESIDENT
Below is the letter written by six state insurance commissioners to their counterparts as to why they would not be attending the meeting with the President to discuss the proposal to reissue cancelled health plans.
Message From Insurance Commissioners
Published: November 20, 2013
Insurance commissioners from a handful of states, including North Carolina and Kansas, sent the following email to their counterparts in other states late Tuesday regarding the meeting between insurance commissioners and President Obama today to discuss the Affordable Care Act.
This message is in response to President Jim Donelon’s communication regarding the meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. We wanted to advise all of you that after thoroughly deliberating on this matter over the last few days we will not be participating in the meeting on Wednesday afternoon with President Obama. We made this difficult decision not to attend due to the fact that we were either not invited to do so, or were invited but have declined, but in all cases we have serious reservations about both the process and the policy issues surrounding such an important meeting.
Further, this meeting has not been discussed in any meaningful way with the entire membership of the NAIC nor have we worked to build consensus among the members on what our positions will be in the meeting. As we all know, the NAIC is made up of a group of extremely knowledgeable insurance regulators with very diverse views on the Affordable Care Act. While we greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Obama, briefing the membership and working to build consensus on a meeting of this importance needs to occur prior to sitting down with him.
We hope that you all have a happy Thanksgiving with your families and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks in Washington, D.C.
Adam Hamm, Monica Lindeen, Michael Consedine, Kevin McCarty, Roger Sevigny, Sandy Praeger