Republican Perry Says Romney Health Plan Cost Jobs

Rick Perry health care bill Mitt Romney
Rick Perry health care bill Mitt Romney

By THOMAS BEAUMONT

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Thursday the health care bill GOP rival Mitt Romney enacted in Massachusetts paved the way for President Barack Obama's federal health law last year and cost the state jobs.

Perry's criticism was his sharpest yet of Romney, who led in national polls of Republican voters until Perry entered the race last month.