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GOP: Repeal defeat is step toward victory in 2012
San Francisco Chronicle

To hear Senate Republicans tell it, the defeat of their attempt to repeal the Democrats’ health care overhaul was really a victory of sorts on the long march to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections.

The repeal effort sank Wednesday along party lines, 51-47, as expected. But in the process, Republicans forced Democrats on the record in favor of President Barack Obama’s signature overhaul and launched what they described as a two-year effort to discredit it in the lead-up to a bid for a second term.