Illinois’ six Republican congressmen want the Illinois Department of Insurance to find out how many people are having their health coverage canceled because of the Affordable Care Act. In a letter, the congressmen say their constituents are confused as to why they’re getting cancellation notices from their insurance providers, when President Obama had said if they like their health plan, they’d be able to keep it. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) says they need firm numbers on how many notices have been sent out, and how much a policy will cost on the individual market next year.
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“We need to know from the Illinois Department of Insurance just how injurious this has been and are they tracking this-and if not, why not?” Roskam said. The letter was signed by Roskam, along with Reps. Randall M. Hultgren (R-Winfield), Aaron Schock (R-Peoria), Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno), and John Shimkus (R-Collinsville). A spokesman from the department says they’re preparing a response to those concerns. The White House has said only “junk” policies that don’t meet new minimum requirements for coverage are being canceled because of the Affordable Care Act.