Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has been jousting with not only his Democratic opponent, former White House financial reform adviser Elizabeth Warren, but also with former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), over Brown invoking the name of Ted Kennedy in connection with Brown’s opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception insurance mandates.
But in addition the opposition raised on principle to Brown invoking the elder Kennedy’s name, there’s another matter: He almost certainly gets his record on the issue wrong.
Brown is a sponsor of the bill put forward by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), to excuse employers and insurance companies from mandates with which they differ on an issue of moral conviction. Warren has in turn charged that the Republican bill would provide a loophole for an employer to deny many different kinds of health care coverage. Brown has denied the accusation, and said that the proposal is needed in order to protect religious freedom.
And along the way, Brown has invoked the name of Ted Kennedy. “Like Ted Kennedy before me, I support a conscience exemption in health care for Catholics and other people of faith,” he has said in one radio ad.
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