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July 30, 2013

TOM LoBIANCO: Health care battle fraught with partisan numbers

In health care fight, no lack of price tags to confirm bias.

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As the opening of the insurance exchanges draws near, Obama and his health care team have taken to the stump with their own tales of insurance rates dropping. If Indiana is the Republican horror story, New York has become the Democratic fairy tale, with estimates from New York Democrats that insurance rates will drop by 53 percent. That has caused Republicans to cry foul.

This wouldn’t be the first time price tags and numbers have been cherry-picked in the ongoing health care battle. The state’s actuary, Milliman, has produced regular reports with detailed estimates of how much expanding Medicaid would cost. There are breakdowns, tables, broad descriptions of the variables used and a range of expected costs to the state, from $2 billion and $2.6 billion over seven years.

The number Indiana’s Republicans landed on is the most dire estimate from the report. Count on more spinning prices and numbers as the battle moves to the airwaves.

Tom LoBianco covers Indiana politics for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter @tomlobianco.

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