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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Add It Up: Health care reform, by the numbers

Number of people arrested during a Missouri town hall meeting on health care reform held by Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan: 6

Number of Democratic congressmen who have received death threats from or have been hanged in effigy by health care reform protesters: 4

Number of people who "liked" Sarah Palin's Facebook note accusing health care reform of potentially establishing "death panels": 6,392

Number of attendees at Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson's August 10 town hall meeting: 1,500

Number of attendees at Republican Congressman Tom Price's Aug. 1 town hall meeting: 60

Attendees at a joint town hall meeting on health care held by Republican Congressmen Nathan Deal and Phil Gingrey: 600

Number of attendees at the Gingrey/Deal town hall who were visibly supporting President Obama or health care reform: 1

Increase in uninsured patients at Grady Hospital so far in 2009, compared to all of 2008: 67,000

Obama's margin of victory over John McCain in the 2008 election, in which each candidate proposed plans for health care reform: 9,522,083

Sources: Facebook, 11alivenews, AJC.com, house.gov

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