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Jackson opponent: Gabby Giffords ... didn't have to sell her house to pay medical bills

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Campaign opponents of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. have been relentless when it comes to Jackson's reasons for the congressman's three-month leave of absence.

On Thursday -- a day after news broke that the Jacksons were selling their Washington D.C. home for $2.5 million-- the chorus continued. Jackson blamed "soaring health care costs" as the reason for putting their house on the market. His opponents, though, still raised questions about that reasoning.

"Other public servants such as Bobby Rush, Mark Kirk, Gabby (Giffords) did not have to sell their homes due to mounting health care bills," said write-in opponent Anthony W. Williams."Congress people have the best health care coverage in the world. Once again, Jackson is lying."

Congresspeople are known to have the best health care around, however, it was unclear what plan Jackson is under and much mental health care was covered.

Jackson was released from the Mayo Clinic earlier this month after being treated for bipolar depression.

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