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Healthcare battle fraught with partisan numbers

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, July 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the raging federal health care debate, numbers are turning out to be some of the most partisan tools available to Democrats, Republicans and everyone with a stake in the game. Indiana residents have gotten a rare look at the spinning of statistics and price tags that happens regularly in government as Gov. Mike Pence's point man on federal health care estimated that residents would pay 72 percent more for health insurance through the insurance exchange being built. That, of course, is an incredible simplification of an incredibly complex topic, something Democratic supporters of President Barack Obama's signature legislation pointed out shortly afterward and followed with some spin of their own.