A year ago today, as President Obama signed the landmark Affordable Care Act into law, members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) probably did not envision being in the center of a firestorm over its ultimate governance. But state regulators in Texas this week and next for the NAIC’s 2011 Spring Annual Meeting are indeed finding their industry-related activities under question from a consumers’ group.

In particular, NAIC members charged with reviewing reports and making recommendations pertaining to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act are being accused by the group of “regulating former employers or campaign supporters,” notes Carmen Balber, Washington director for Consumer Watchdog, a Washington, D.C., nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization.

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