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Response to jeff47 (Reply #74)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:43 PM

76. Granting religious exemption loses nothing practically speaking; and gains some votes?

Practically speaking, granting a religious exemption, loses very little money to the health system. Especially if we allow individuals employed by opt-out Catholic hospitals, to opt back in, according to their own individual - often non-catholic - beliefs.

And? Being perceived as allowing religious freedom, gains the Democrats many votes.

Remember: it was the Catholic independents, swinging unexpectedly to Bush II over religious/reproductive issues, that lost 2004.

To be sure, it is a bit risky: but perhaps allowing religious exemption, properly handled, won't lose any of the Pro Choice vote? Since reproductive services are not being dropped. But are simply left to discretion of individuals.

Let's watch Santorum carefully; if he seems to be gaining lots of ground? Think about this option.

Otherwise? Looks like you've got a winner, overall.

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