As reported by Sarah Kliff:
[Jim] Donelon is the president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a group of state regulators that, on Thursday, was made a crucial player in the fight over cancellation notices.
It’s up to Donelon’s group whether or not to allow President Obama’s proposed cancellation ‘fix’ — giving insurers another year to sell non-complaint policies — to move forward.
Overnight, the insurance commissioners became gatekeepers for a crucial White House priority — and a target of massive media attention. The regulators who spend most their days pouring over insurance filings are, all of a sudden, turning up in prime-time television…
Donelon only learned of the president’s announcement moments before the rest of the public, in a phone call with home state Sen. Mary Landrieu (D- La.). She moved up a pre-scheduled call in the afternoon, to give him a heads up on the pending policy announcement.
Others didn’t get any heads up at all: Montana’s insurance regulator saw the president on the television in a coffee shop, and Washington’s commissioner learned about it when he was at the gym.