POLITICS
06/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Healthcare Lobby Got $36.5 billion Out Of Stimulus

When President Obama won approval for his $787 billion stimulus package in February, large sections of the 407-page bill focused on a push for new technology that would not stimulate the economy for years.

The inclusion of as much as $36.5 billion in spending to create a nationwide network of electronic health records fulfilled one of Obama's key campaign promises -- to launch the reform of America's costly health-care system.

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