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    White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN.

    After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said.

    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.

    "Plus, it ignores the fact that every day insurance companies are out talking about the law -- in large part because they are trying to reach millions of new customers who will now have new affordable insurance options available from providers through the new Market Places," Carney said.

    Obama and his top advisers have acknowledged problems with the health care website.

    On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was the latest administration official to apologize for the bungled rollout.


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    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.
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