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For Santorum, the issue of health care is personal

Ailing daughter spurs candidate’s top policy goal

Rick Santorum says the health care reform law is a threat to those with medical conditions that are costly to treat. Rick Santorum says the health care reform law is a threat to those with medical conditions that are costly to treat. (Richard Shiro/Associated Press)
By Melinda Henneberger
Washington Post / December 1, 2011
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Rick Santorum’s personal narrative is easily the most searing of any candidate this season. And when he speaks, often haltingly, about the health struggles of his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, it is almost always in conjunction with his top policy goal of dismantling the health-care reform law. The new rules, he says, are a threat to those like her, “on the margins of life.’’

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