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Indiana Rejects Obama’s Plan To Retain Canceled Insurance

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois regulators are still reviewing their options, but Indiana is saying “no” to President Obama’s request to reinstate individual insurance policies canceled because of the Affordable Care Act.

WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the president reversed course after the uproar over his failed promise that people who liked their health insurance policies would be able to keep them.

In Indiana, 108,000 consumers are losing their policies.

Logan Harrison with the Indiana Department of Insurance, said, “Let’s be clear. The federal government has canceled these plans, and the insurance companies were just complying with the federal law, as they should.”

Harrison said the state has neither the legal authority nor the ability to undo what’s been done.

“This is not something that can just be turned on a dime, 41 days before that plan year begins.”

Harrison says the White House is trying to punt back to the states a problem that it created and that the states have no authority to fix.