This is what it means to run for governor as a Republican in Massachusetts.
Both the left and right have burst into paroxysms over last month’s Supreme Court’s ruling that employers like Hobby Lobby can duck the federal health care law’s birth control coverage mandate if their owners oppose contraception on religious grounds. Democrats have framed the decision as part of an ongoing “war on women”; Republicans have hailed it as a blow for religious freedom and against government over-reach.
To Charlie Baker, the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee? “It doesn’t matter.”
“What I care about is Massachusetts, and in Massachusetts it doesn’t change a thing,” Baker said Wednesday. “Which is great.”
The birth control coverage mandate in Massachusetts’s health care law, Baker explained, would likely go forward unaffected.
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