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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.
Posted by Brettongarcia | Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:43 PM (1 replies)

Contraception issue can lead to religion issue, and Santorum; problems?

Good point.

But? Consider the more likely scenario.

What happens if Santorum's campaign fails ... and then he throws his support to another candidate? And in this way adds his religious issues - and votes - to another, stronger Republican candidate?

Santorum is building up the right wing religious vote, right now. On this issue. And he is going to turn all those votes over to a stronger candidate. Probably beefing up Romney, on one issue where Romney is weak: religion, Christianity.
Posted by Brettongarcia | Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:25 PM (1 replies)

Compromise. Otherwise? This single issue loses the election for Democrats

Unfortunately, this could be an extremely expensive, game-chancing issue, working against Democrats.

Probably we democrats should just back down on this one: since Santorum and others are using this issue, bigtime, to say that Democrats are opposed to religion, Christianity. This issue will activate the religious base, like no other.

So why not give consciencious objectors, a religious exemption? It's no biggie. Then? Insist though, that those working in opt-out organizations, be given an individual opt-in option, for reproductive services, if they want it.

By the way? It's said that 90% of Catholics, have used contraception.
Posted by Brettongarcia | Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:59 AM (2 replies)
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