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Perry says Romney health plan too close to Obama's
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says Romney health bill cost Massachusetts jobs
By The Associated Press

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) ' Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is saying rival Mitt Romney enacted health care legislation in Massachusetts while governor that cost the state jobs and has contributed to higher health insurance costs.

In Iowa, Perry delivered his sharpest criticism yet of Romney. In recent days, Romney has stepped up his criticism of Perry, who leads in national polls in the Republican race for president.

Perry is saying the 2006 Massachusetts health care bill, which required residents to buy insurance, is like the measure signed by President Barack Obama last year. The law is overwhelmingly unpopular with Republicans.

Perry says he thinks important that the GOP nominee "not blur the lines between President Obama and the Republican Party."

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