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03/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GOP: Our Playbook Useless In Health Care Fight

Mitt Romney arrived at the House Republicans' late-January retreat to a room that hardly needed a pep talk. Their vote against the Democrats' Economic Recovery Act had revved them up; all Romney needed to tell them was that they "stood strong," and that their fellow Republicans stood proud. Romney, who'd testified at the sole House Republican hearing on the stimulus, urged them to take one step further.

"We remain the confident voice of limited government and free enterprise," said Romney. "These principles are going to face another test when it comes to health care. We should be first to propose a Republican plan to bring health insurance to all Americans, one based on market dynamics, free choice, and personal responsibility. Whatever direction we take, let's not simply react to what the Democrats do."

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