INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Numbers are turning out to be some of the most partisan tools available to Democrats, Republicans and everyone with a stake in the raging federal health care debate.

Indiana residents got a rare examination of those spinning statistics and price tags over the last week after Gov. Mike Pence's point man on federal health care estimated that residents would pay 72 percent more for health insurance under the law.

The number glossed over important distinctions, and the state did not release the data to back up its claim. But Democrats nationwide are engaged in a similar process trying to spin the numbers the other way to show President Barack Obama's signature law driving down prices.

Count on much more spinning as the debate climbs back on the airwaves.

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