November 23rd, 2009
08:57 PM ET

$600 million spent to influence health care debate

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Jennifer Liberto
CNNMoney.com senior writer

The price tag to influence the health care debate in the halls of Congress has surpassed $600 million and is fast becoming a legislative record breaker.

Reaching beyond the half-billion mark, the total spent on lobbyists, television ads and political donations is enough to pay the insurance tab for about 45,000 families a year.

A third of that spending, $200 million, was raised and spent just in the past few months, as Congress has been more thoroughly ensconced in policy debates about public insurance options and taxpayer-funded abortions.

Senate Democrats are expected to unveil their official health care bill as soon as Wednesday, and debate it in December and vote by the year's end.

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  1. Jim

    Let them send me $20,000.00 & I could take care of my own health care.

    November 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm |

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