Couple of things:
1. Not a woman. Don't expect to make the change this late in life. So there are a few things I don't understand:
a. If 98% (reported - probably more like 60%, but a majority nonetheless) of Catholics use physical/chemical birth control, is the other 2% fueling the fire? Or the Republican party machine doing it?
b. Just how many hospitals/med facilities ARE Catholic? How many are we talking about here? Doubt if its 50%. Is there another, non-denominational one around the corner? If I really need a beer, and my local grocery doesn't sell it, do I try to change their own rules? Do I go out and make every grocery sell beer? No, I go to the bar.
c. Aren't tax-exempt organizations allowed to make their own rules, to a certain extent?
2. Should I really be worried about who is President next year?
a. Hasn't the normal 4-year term really changed to an 8-year term, with an early-out at 4 for really, really lousy leaders?
b. Doesn't a president need a term to 'gain friends and influence people' as his first term, which is spent mostly gathering money for his second term, which then can be used to really get things done? No dis meant to Obama, but it seems that's what has happened with every 8-year president for a long time. Clinton's second one was productive.
3. Is the political system really broken?
a. Weren't issues such as this fought over since Washington, probably more important ones, at that?
b. Isn't our present system set up to be a lumbering slug, unwilling to change quickly unless times get rough, hence, requiring some checks and balances? Most people dread a Senate, House, Judicial and Executive branch each of the same party, either Dem or Rep.
4. Is this issue hotter now because of the existence of 24/365 wall-to-wall cable TV and America's need to be constantly deluged by news, left OR right?