Scott Brown: 'I support a conscience exemption in health care'

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February 15, 2012, 7:14 pm
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(NECN: Jim Braude) – The top story is a war of words in the contest for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, a new poll showed Scott Brown Elizabeth Warren in a statistical tie.
Wednesday, Brown and Warren took shots at each other on the question of whether Catholic institutions need a so-called "conscience exemption" from the requirements of government mandated health care.

In an open letter, Senator Brown announced: "I support a conscience exemption in health care for Catholics and other people of faith. That's why I signed on to Senator Roy Blunt's bill to restore the conscience protections in the law that existed prior to the passage of Obamacare."

Hours later, Warren responded with a statement of her own: "This is a completely new attack that threatens everyone's health care. It is an irresponsible assault on the health care of every family in Massachusetts and around our country."

And then Senator Brown took an unusual step, where this program is concerned, at least. He offered himself for a remote interview from Capitol Hill.

We had our own spirited exchange on the bill that he is supporting.

What did Brown have to say?

“I think it’s in line with what Senator Kennedy and I have fought for. And I have a history in the state senate of voting for to allow religious organizations and people to have conscience exemption objection,” said Brown.

But what is Brown’s objection to what Warren said on the matter?

“That’s a red herring. Bottom line, if anything like that happened in Massachusetts, people would obviously be sued,” said Brown.

Watch Brown’s interview with Jim Braude to hear more of what he said.

Tags: health care, Scott Brown, Kennedy, Capitol Hill , Jim Braude, Senator, Elizabeth Warren, catholic institutions, Massachuestts congress, conscience excemption
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