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Indiana Republicans hunt state figures for Affordable Care Act

Republican members of Indiana’s congressional delegation want to know how many Hoosiers seek medical insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, has sent a letter, signed by the six other GOP representatives from the state and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for the number of applicants and enrollees in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts.

“We have received numerous reports from Hoosiers who have been unable to enroll due to website malfunctions as well as complaints from Hoosiers who can no longer afford the new premium amounts,” Walorski wrote. “As we work to assist these constituents, it is important that we are able to provide them accurate data regarding the health insurance exchange.”

All of Indiana’s Republicans in Congress have supported eliminating or delaying the Affordable Care Act.

The White House figures about 500,000 people have applied for insurance and 19 million have visited HealthCare.gov since the insurance application site opened Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported Monday.

President Barack Obama said Monday at the White House that website glitches are frustrating him but will be fixed, the AP reported.

Indiana did not establish its own health insurance exchange. It is among 35 states where residents must apply for medical insurance through the federal exchange.

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