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
Rarely 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:
219The number of Democrats who voted for the bill. 34 voted against it.
178The number of Republicans who voted against the bill. None voted for it.
10:45The time on Sunday evening at which the decisive 216th vote was passed.
$940 billionThe amount the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the legislations will cost, over a 10-year-period.
$2.5 trillionThe amount that conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation predicts the legislation could cost over the next decade.
$143 billionHow much the bill will reduce the federal deficit over those 10 years, according to the CBO.
$562 billionHow 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 trillionThe total amount spent on health care in the U.S. during 2008. Some experts predict that the 2009 figure will be 7 percent higher.
87The 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).
26The age until which young adults can remain on their parents' health-insurance plan, as per the bill.
2.5The percentage of their income that Americans who lack health insurance would be fined, as of 2016 .
42The percentage of Americans who said they had a "good understanding" of the likely impact of the health-care bill, according to a CBS poll.
14The percentage of Americans who said they approve of the way Congress is handling its job, according to a CBS poll.
153The 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."
51The number of votes needed in the Senate to allow the final passage of the health-care bill.
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