February 8, 2016

In an election year switcheroo, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has gone from basking in White House glory for his implementation of ObamaCare to denouncing it for raising health insurance premiums (32% increase) after a $400 million Blue Cross loss.

In 2010, after repeating Obama’s lie that if you like your plan you can keep your plan, Goodwin went to the White House to get the President’s ”Wayne, well done ” for negotiating a one time BCBSNC rebate. The Richmond County Daily Journal reported in 2010 ”At Wednesday’s meeting, Goodwin said Obama lauded the effort and referred to Goodwin in a familiar tone.”Wayne, well done,” Goodwin quoted the president.”

But now ObamaCare is imploding and Commissioner Goodwin isn’t standing with the President anymore. Instead, Goodwin is blasting ObamaCare harder than Ted Cruz.

The Charlotte Observer says “Goodwin expressed his concerns in a letter sent Tuesday to Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as a follow-up to a personal conversation he had with the Obama administration official in November. Goodwin, a Democrat up for re-election this year, warned that the ACA is driving up insurance costs, reducing consumer options and generating unsustainable financial losses for the insurers, with the potential risk that insurers will withdraw from the state altogether.”

Nothing is more inelegant than a politician covering their behind in an election year.