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Senate GOP leader takes aim at health care law

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s Republican leader has a simple postelection message for President Barack Obama: Move toward the GOP or get no help from its lawmakers.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday offered an aggressive assessment of the election results, calling for votes to erode the reach of the health care law that was a signature of the Obama administration.

McConnell’s confrontational tone was in sharp contrast to the chastened posture Obama took Wednesday in the face of a new Republican controlled House and Republican gains in the Senate.

In remarks prepared for a speech Thursday to the conservative Heritage Foundation, McConnell says Republicans will work to deny Obama a second term in the White House in 2012.