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Health-care reform: By the numbers
A browser's guide to some of the key percentages, prices, and polls that have defined the battle for health-care change
Making sense of the health care numbers.
Making sense of the health care numbers.
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arely have as many statistics been summoned, disputed, recorded, and vilified as during the months it has taken the Democrats to pass the historic health-care reform bill. Here's a browser's guide:

219
The number of Democrats who voted for the bill. 34 voted against it.

178
The number of Republicans who voted against the bill. None voted for it.

10:45
The time on Sunday evening at which the decisive 216th vote was passed.

$940 billion
The amount the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the legislations will cost, over a 10-year-period.

$2.5 trillion
The amount that conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation predicts the legislation could cost over the next decade.

$143 billion
How much the bill will reduce the federal deficit over those 10 years, according to the CBO.

$562 billion
How much the bill would add to the federal deficit in the same period, according to Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who headed up the CBO during the Bush administration.

$2.3 trillion
The total amount spent on health care in the U.S. during 2008. Some experts predict that the 2009 figure will be 7 percent higher.

32 million
The number of currently uninsured Americans whom the health plan will eventually cover, according to the CBO.

46
Percentage of doctors who said they would leave their profession if the bill passes, according to a disputed study in The New England Journal of Medicine reported by Fox News.

87
The number of days that passed between the Senate's passing of the bill (Dec. 24, 2009) and the House of Representatives vote (March 21, 2010).

26
The age until which young adults can remain on their parents' health-insurance plan, as per the bill.

2.5
The percentage of their income that Americans who lack health insurance would be fined, as of 2016 .

42
The percentage of Americans who said they had a "good understanding" of the likely impact of the health-care bill, according to a CBS poll.

14
The percentage of Americans who said they approve of the way Congress is handling its job, according to a CBS poll.

153
The number of pages in the reconciliation package of amendments on which the Senate will vote this week. Republicans have pledged to go through it "sentence by sentence."

51
The number of votes needed in the Senate to allow the final passage of the health-care bill.

Sources: NY Times, Washington Post, Business Week, Reuters, The Heritage Foundation, CBO, The Hill, CBS News

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