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Business foes of healthcare reform ramp up effort

Associated Press/Philadelphia Inquirer, November 17, 2009

Business foes of healthcare overhaul legislation are outspending supporters at a rate of 2-to-1 for TV ads as they grow increasingly nervous about a final bill. Led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, opponents of the Democratic healthcare drive have spent $24 million on TV commercials over the past month to $12 million spent by labor unions and other backers. More than half the opposition spending has been by the chamber. With the House narrowly approving its health overhaul on Nov. 7 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drafting his measure behind closed doors, the outpouring of cash underscores how crunch time has arrived for business and other groups trying to shape or scuttle the legislation.