2012 Republicans line up in opposition to Obama health care bill

The Fix
Copyright 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010; 6:11 AM

1. Making clear that the recently-passed health care bill will be a major point of debate in the 2012 presidential race, Republicans eying a run for the top spot sought to one-up each other with their condemnations of the bill. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney took the top prize for hot rhetoric, blasting the bill as an " unconscionable abuse of power" and accusing President Obama of "betray[ing] his oath to the nation." (The onus is on Romney to be a vocal critic as he is likely to face questions about whether the health care bill he championed as governor of Massachusetts was the basis for this legislation.) Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) wasn't far behind in the condemnation contest. Pawlenty released a statement describing the legislation as an "overreaching, extraordinarily expensive, government-centric plan" and penned a letter to the Minnesota attorney general asking her to examine the constitutionality of

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