On Tuesday, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren called Senator Scott Brown an extremist for supporting a bill that restores conscience protections that existed before Obamacare. The moderate Massachusetts Republican hit back hard, writing in an email to supporters that Warren "has assumed the mantle of oppressor":
One of our most fundamental rights as a people is the freedom of religion. It was right here in Plymouth, Massachusetts that pilgrims from Europe established a colony because of religious persecution at home.
Brown did a series of interviews in Massachusetts this on the issue, and today he has published an op-ed in the Boston Herald defending the bill he has cosponsored to protect conscience rights from Obamacare:
This latest mandate under government-controlled health care is one reason why I campaigned and voted against Obamacare in the first place. It operates by broad dictation from Washington, showing no respect for the judgment, needs or rights of individual Americans and the states. And it opens the door to endless abuses of power such as this latest mandate.
This is why I strongly support a bipartisan bill in the Senate that provides a conscience exemption from the Obamacare mandate. In effect, the bill would simply restore the relevant laws on conscience protection that existed before Obamacare removed them.
Critics would have you believe America would be turning back to the Dark Ages where evil employers would deny coverage for any illness at their personal whim. In fact, we would be returning to the way things were in 2010. There was no epidemic of employers objecting to routine insurance services then, and there will not be in the future.
The legislation I support borrows language directly from a bill sponsored by the late Sen. Kennedy in 1995, which provided an exemption for health care workers so they would not be required to provide “an item or service” they found objectionable based on “religious belief or moral conviction.”
More liberal myths about this piece of legislation are debunked here.