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Griping and Grinning and Arm Twisting

3:26 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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There is, as Elise Viebeck of the Hill reports, to be a little meeting at the White House today where:

President Obama is scheduled to meet with health insurance executives and state insurance commissioners on Thursday, just two days after ObamaCare's special enrollment period officially closed. The meetings, which will include at least one photo-op, are a chance for the White House to telegraph unity with health insurance companies and state regulators involved with the rollout of the healthcare law.

Ah, yes. Smiling faces all around until the participants move behind closed doors where

… the administration is hoping to use its influence to prevent substantial premium hikes that could alienate consumers starting in November.

Ummm. Is “using its influence” the same as “using its muscle?”

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