For those who wonder why a gay person would ever vote Republican, this might interest you a bit. Normally I do not even allow myself to get into this situation, but I was at a friend's apartment getting ready for work today -- still no power at my place-- so I figured the least I could do was hear him out since he let me use his bathroom. (I might have been extra calm too, because I had just taken a hot bath. He's European so doesn't have a shower.) A little background: The guy is the boyfriend of Michael's best friend, is a recently naturalized American (Russian born) and is a surgeon. He said all of the negatives about Mitt Romney are things that are unlikely to actually happen -- the constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, the women stuff, etc. -- but that the negatives about Obama -- namely taking more of his money -- is definitely going to happen. "Why would I vote for someone who wants to take more of my money?" Blames the Affordable Care Act for chipping away at doctors' salaries, says Obamacare is a disaster -- didn't take into consideration the fact that many of those 44 million uninsured people "don't want" health insurance; made no provision for correcting malpractice issues; no provision for actually cutting the cost of healthcare; no provision for training more physicians to handle all of these "new" patients (and so on). As for women, he said he didn't exactly see that many of them outraged or protesting over this assault on Roe v. Wade, contraception, etc. -- Romney's popularity with women actually went up after the debates -- so why should he get worked up about it? I had all my Democratic talking points handy -- how 0% of those people in the 44 million who say they "don't want" health insurance say they would NOT WANT to be treated if they were hurt, so shouldn't they HAVE to pay into the system too?; talked about the huge protests of Governor Bob McDonnell in Virginia, how the appointment of SCOTUS justices will definitely affect abortion rights, etc. -- but he was completely unswayed. (I may not agree with voting entirely based on your wallet, but if you're going to do t, own it. And don't deny the other ramifications of your actions.) I had to leave for work at that point, so I exited and forgot to put on my coat.despite the fact it's 40-something degrees out (I was plenty hot already.) En route to the office, I ended up stopping at the Soup Nazi, which suddenly seemed like a far less contentious environment for me to be in ...
The soup looked fantastic, but I couldn't resist a $10 lobster roll!!!!
I'd forward him this moving video by actress Tracy Nelson about Obamacare only I don't think it would make any difference.