Insurance Insiders: White House Is Pressuring Executives to Keep Quiet on Obamacare

 

Insurance industry sources have told CNN reporter Drew Griffin that White House officials are telling executives not to talk about the Obamacare rollout.

Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution.

But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.

“The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet,” he said.

Laszewski, who’s been a vocal critic of Obamacare, said he’s been asked by insurance executives to speak out because they feel defenseless against an administration that is regulating their business — and a big customer.

Government-backed plans accounted for about half of health care policies last year, a number that is expected to grow over the years.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the idea that administration officials are trying to silence insurance industry insiders is “preposterous and inaccurate.” He added that Laszewski has been a vocal critic of health care reform for two decades.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsIWNwxcdYWhat do you think? Is the White House acting like the mob, or is this, as Carney says, preposterous?

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    I want to comment but I am afraid the NSA will tip off Treasury that I am a Conservative political dissident and Obama’s Treasury will  sic the IRS on me. (ie: rogue individual NSA/IRS agents on their own without the Obama Administrations direction or knowledge of course)

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    @TheKingPrawn

    I’ve recently decided to go full cynic with the left in general and this administration in particular, so, yes, the WH is acting like the mob. Worse than the mob, actually. The mob can only kill you; government can torture you legally until you wish you were dead. If Carney doesn’t get himself knee-walking drunk every night to live with the guilt then he is an evil, evil little troll.

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    @WICon

    Though I am sympathetic of a CEO being responsible to the shareholders and not making any waves or calling down the gov’t thunder, they also have responsibilities as Americans and to their customers.

    We are leaderless in so many areas of like right now: political, religious, militarily, the business world.

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    @TranQuil

    Chicago politics – without a doubt.

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    @DrewInWisconsin

    Always assume that Jay Carney is lying.

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    @PsychLynne

    The administration has exhibited this type of behavior before with insurers.  In 2010 (?), when the cuts were made to Medicare Advantage, insurers sent out letters to their customers citing changes in the law and the administration engaged in the same type of behavior.  So, I have no trouble believing this, because it’s consistent with how they act.  

    What is really amazing is that they administration is effectively leveraging the fear of the IRS and regulatory agencies.  And the fear is based (accurately, I think) on the fact that the agencies broke the law with various conservative and tea party groups.  So, there using their previous lawless behavior to promote and enforce more lawless behavior on their part.  

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    @Ralphie

    I don’t think you can take this administration at its word, the main stream press has said as much. The President speaks, then apologists spend the next few days explaining what he said.

    This is the most tiring administration in history. They are like busy toddlers making messes, blaming them on the dog, then moving on.

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    @MerinaSmith

    If Carney says it’s preposterous, it’s certainly true. The more emphatic he is that something is false, the more likely it is to be true.

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    @genferei

    Another example of why the size of government cannot be measured purely by tax or number of gummint employees. What we see here is that, by becoming the biggest customer of “insurance” companies, the state already controls the entire healthcare industry on a micro, and not just a macro, level.

    To put this another way: to shrink government, the health insurance industry (as it is currently constituted) must go.

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    @billy

    Chrysler bondholders pressured to drop their suit over the bailout.

    Ford pressured to pull its ad.Gibson guitars.

    BP, “I have to know whose ass to kick.”

    The war against Fox News, including  the attempt to kick them out of the WH press room.

    The harassment of major Romney bundlers.

    The IRS harassment of Tea Party organizations.

    The message to major investment bankers,”I’m the only one standing between you and pitchforks.”

    The pressure on tech firms to cooperate with the NSA or else.

    Raising a secret criminal indictment of a Fox reporter for consorting with whistleblowers.

    Wiretapping the communications of AP reporters and their families.

    The warning to survivors of Benghazi not to jeopardize their futures “or their families” by talking to the press.

      This is just off the top of my head and I am sure with a little Google I can find plenty more.

    This is clearly more than a few exaggerated incidents: Obama is fundamentally transforming America into a banana republic.

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    @tigerlily

    Of course he’s a thug. He’s always been a thug. That’s just who he is. That’s how he won every one of his political races in Illinois and he continued the practice as president early on when he abrogated the contracts of bond holders in the Chrysler give away to the UAW and then called the bondholders “speculators”. This has continued apace to the present (IRS harassment of tea party, attempted isolation of FoxNews, the demonizing of any any and all political opposition is just a partial list).

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    @PsychLynne
    Ralphie: … They are like busy toddlers making messes, blaming them on the dog, then moving on. · 21 minutes ago

    When our kids were this age, I called it “the age of unsophisticated lying.”  Of course, they grew out of it, I am not so optimistic for the Obama administration….it seems to keep working for them.

    L

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    @TimKowal

    “insurance executives to speak out because they feel defenseless against an administration that is regulating their business — and a big customer.”  Wait till the government is their ONLY customer.

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    @DocJay

    They sold their soul to a petulant master. I have no doubt it’s true but I have equal disdain for all parties here.

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    @mikesixes

    “Is the White House acting like the mob?” Well, yeah. Obama is a Democrat from Chicago. Many people seem unable to grasp the fact that it is not possible to get on the Democratic ticket in Chicago without demostrating a willingness and ability to use coercive and criminal tactics to advance the goals of the Democrat machine. He was sent to Washington to line the pockets of his political creators. Valerie Jarret is his minder. The Chicago machine controls the executive branch of the government.

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    @genferei

    I hope the realpolitik adults of the GOP are taking notes about all this. Not for investigations and impeachments, but so they can give it good and hard to the progs and their enablers when they get their precious power.

    Politics is, we are told, the art of the possible. Well, look at what’s possible…

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    @CuriousKevmo
    EDISONPARKS: I want to comment but I am afraid the NSA will tip off Treasury that I am a Conservative political dissident and Obama’s Treasury will  sic the IRS on me. (ie: rogue individual NSA/IRS agents on their own without the Obama Administrations direction or knowledge of course) · 1 hour ago

    um….I think they already know that.

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    @CuriousKevmo

    That’s a nice insurance company you got there….be a shame if something were to happen to it

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    @Sabrdance

    I concur with Billy.  I want the next Republican President to run on a “Clean House” platform and go through the Bureaucracy with a flamethrower.  He’ll need Congress’s help, but we cannot function with a government that engages in the type of behavior that has been common for the past 6 years.

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    Laszewski, who’s been a vocal critic of Obamacare, said he’s been asked by insurance executives to speak out because they feel defenseless against an administration that is regulating their business — and a big customer.

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    Poor babies.  They got the government to mandate that everyone buy their product  and got government to be a big customer and things didn’t work out so good.  If their failure weren’t going to lead to the calamity that is single-payer, I would take some delight.  As this catastrophe will likely sell us all down the river, “serves you right” is cold comfort.

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    @DocJay
    CuriousKevmo: That’s a nice insurance company you got there….be a shame if something were to happen to it · 27 minutes ago

    That is hilarious.  Give it a Frank Mitty voice.  

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    @user_646399

    This type of coercion is not new. Take a look at your phone bill. About 25% of it is “fees.” Initially, the phone companies listed them as taxes, which, of course, they are – until they were “corrected” by officialdom, lacking only the impeccably-ironed and starched brown shirts emblematic of fascism.

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    @JamesGawron

    D.C.,

    I know everyone is having a field day turning this into a joke.  Actually, if there is any hard evidence it would be an impeachable offense.

    I think we had better start playing this game.  I’d like to hear some estimates of what, in today’s environment, an impeachable offense would be.

    This is absolutely outrageous.

    Regards,

    Jim 

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    @Higgs
    billy: Chrysler bondholders pressured to drop their suit over the bailout.

    Ford pressured to pull its ad.Gibson guitars.

    BP, “I have to know whose ass to kick.”

    The war against Fox News, including  the attempt to kick them out of the WH press room.

    The harassment of major Romney bundlers.

    The IRS harassment of Tea Party organizations.

    The message to major investment bankers,”I’m the only one standing between you and pitchforks.”

    The pressure on tech firms to cooperate with the NSA or else.

    Raising a secret criminal indictment of a Fox reporter for consorting with whistleblowers.

    Wiretapping the communications of AP reporters and their families.

    The warning to survivors of Benghazi not to jeopardize their futures “or their families” by talking to the press.

     

    .and yet people are still blind as to what this man is & has done.  It is so frustrating!  What has to happen for the less than average person to wake up?

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    @billy
    Higgs

    .and yet people are still blind as to what this man is & has done.  It is so frustrating!  What has to happen for the less than average person to wake up? · 11 minutes ago

    I don’t know honestly.

    But I think we need to start recognizing Obamaism for what it is: a creeping authoritarianism. That is alarmist language, but I think it has come to that. These aren’t toddlers throwing temper tantrums. Toddlers don’t have the ability to reward allies with billions of federal dollars nor punish enemies with the loss of their livelihood and the threat of imprisonment.

    At some point, this administration crossed the Rubicon and they need to be pushed back over it.

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    @genferei
    billy At some point, this administration crossed the Rubicon and they need to be pushed back over it.

    I think you have the metaphor correct. The Rubicon has been crossed. But the sequel is not pushing Caesar back but a bloody civil war because the rules and principles that underpinned the Republic have been done away with. We can hope and plan for less (no?) blood – but we have to prepare for war.

    Because, make no mistake, they have started one.

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    @DCMcAllister
    James Gawron: D.C.,

    I know everyone is having a field day turning this into a joke.  Actually, if there is any hard evidence it would be an impeachable offense.

    I think we had better start playing this game.  I’d like to hear some estimates of what, in today’s environment, an impeachable offense would be.

    This is absolutely outrageous.

    Regards,

    Jim  · 1 hour ago

    Agreed. It’s also significant that CNN is actually reporting on it. I wonder why. Any ideas?

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    @DCMcAllister
    James Gawron: D.C.,

    I know everyone is having a field day turning this into a joke.  Actually, if there is any hard evidence it would be an impeachable offense.

    I think we had better start playing this game.  I’d like to hear some estimates of what, in today’s environment, an impeachable offense would be.

    This is absolutely outrageous.

    Regards,

    Jim  · 1 hour ago

    In addition, they won’t find “hard evidence” unless there are some congressional investigations and hearings started. The Republicans need to get their act together and actually start doing something substantial about all these scandals.

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    @gnarlydad

    Republicans have their hands full with the Tea Party.

    Oops.

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    @CuriousKevmo
    James Gawron: D.C.,

    I know everyone is having a field day turning this into a joke.  Actually, if there is any hard evidence it would be an impeachable offense.

    I think we had better start playing this game.  I’d like to hear some estimates of what, in today’s environment, an impeachable offense would be.

    This is absolutely outrageous.

    Regards,

    Jim  · 2 hours ago

    I hear ya Jim.  I’m not sure what an impeachable offense is any more either.  I’m pretty sure I know what isn’t though….anything Obama does.  Too many defenders that have invested their souls in this [CoC], imagine the howls if the topic of impeachment were even broached.

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