Longtime Republicans torn between party loyalty and Obamacare

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#1 Posted by Aljosa23 (24591 posts) -

Perhaps no other election has posed such a difficult personal decision for some conservatives: How do you vote if you're ideologically conservative, but you're benefiting, or stand to benefit, from the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare"?

"In 2008, health care was a very conceptual, a very theoretical issue," said Michael Traugott, a professor of political science and communication at the University of Michigan. "This year it's very concrete and real."

Some Republicans told CNN they would never vote Democrat, even though they might benefit from Obamacare, while others said they will switch their vote because of health issues.

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Jon Campbell may become one of the Republican "defectors" Traugott says could make a difference in battleground states.

Campbell, 49, has voted Republican in nearly every presidential election since he cast his vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980, but this year might be different. For two years his 22-year-old stepdaughter, a self-employed dog trainer, didn't have health insurance. Then Obamacare kicked in and she was allowed onto her father's insurance.

"If something had happened to her during those two years it would have been a disaster," Campbell says.

The Olathe, Kansas, resident is leaning toward Obama, but not just because of his stepdaughter. Campbell's wife, Barbara, has diabetes and is in the final stages of breast cancer treatment. She's now on his insurance, but if he ever lost his job, his wife would be faced with trying to buy insurance on her own and would surely be rejected.

"I'm really torn," he said. "Because of Obama, I now have a wife who can get covered. But really, at heart, I'm a limited-government kind of guy."


Campbell said if the election were held today, he'd vote for Obama, but not without a lot of reservations.

"It's really an intriguing conundrum," he said.

Full article here:http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/06/health/republicans-conflicted-obamacare/index.html#cnn-disqus-area

Easy to access healthcare vs. party loyalty seems like a no brainer. lack of critical thinking ftl
#2 Posted by dave123321 (33604 posts) -
An enigma to be sure. Strange times indeed.
#3 Posted by l4dak47 (6838 posts) -
Never understood blind loyalty.
#4 Posted by squitsquat (1990 posts) -

cool story

in 2 years every person will be fighting to keep obamacare, just like SS and Medicare/Medicaid

#5 Posted by lx_theo (6211 posts) -
Never understood blind loyalty. l4dak47
His is fair because of his preferences of limited government. The only issue is the lack of realizing how little Republicans have actually supported limited government.
#6 Posted by Aljosa23 (24591 posts) -

This would make a great ad campaign.

Shame that the Democrats are incompetent lol.

#7 Posted by TopTierHustler (3961 posts) -

I really don't support Obama care, but I don't understand whag goes through some peoples minds.

"If Obama care goes away, I won't be able to afford my pills and I'll have to go back to choosing between eating and medicine again, but at least those gays can't marry. totally worth it."

#8 Posted by Bane_09 (3394 posts) -

I really don't support Obama care, but I don't understand whag goes through some peoples minds.

"If Obama care goes away, I won't be able to afford my pills and I'll have to go back to choosing between eating and medicine again, but at least those gays can't marry. totally worth it."

TopTierHustler

Most people don't even understand what Obamacare is and does. The media has done a great job at confusing people instead of actually informing(what a surprise)

#9 Posted by l4dak47 (6838 posts) -
[QUOTE="l4dak47"]Never understood blind loyalty. lx_theo
His is fair because of his preferences of limited government. The only issue is the lack of realizing how little Republicans have actually supported limited government.

Indeed.
#10 Posted by Jebus213 (8717 posts) -

[QUOTE="TopTierHustler"]

I really don't support Obama care, but I don't understand whag goes through some peoples minds.

"If Obama care goes away, I won't be able to afford my pills and I'll have to go back to choosing between eating and medicine again, but at least those gays can't marry. totally worth it."

Bane_09

Most people don't even understand what Obamacare is and does. The media has done a great job at confusing people instead of actually informing(what a surprise)

Fox News...
#11 Posted by Bane_09 (3394 posts) -

[QUOTE="Bane_09"]

[QUOTE="TopTierHustler"]

I really don't support Obama care, but I don't understand whag goes through some peoples minds.

"If Obama care goes away, I won't be able to afford my pills and I'll have to go back to choosing between eating and medicine again, but at least those gays can't marry. totally worth it."

Jebus213

Most people don't even understand what Obamacare is and does. The media has done a great job at confusing people instead of actually informing(what a surprise)

Fox News...

Yup, I asked my parents what exactly Obamacare does(since they are longtime republicans and watch Fox news too much :( ) but they couldn't answer. All they knew was it was some "socialist" program created by the government and didn't want anything to do with it

#12 Posted by Aljosa23 (24591 posts) -

[QUOTE="Jebus213"][QUOTE="Bane_09"]

Most people don't even understand what Obamacare is and does. The media has done a great job at confusing people instead of actually informing(what a surprise)

Bane_09

Fox News...

Yup, I asked my parents what exactly Obamacare does(since they are longtime republicans and watch Fox news too much :( ) but they couldn't answer. All they knew was it was some "socialist" program created by the government and didn't want anything to do with it

Republicans are geniuses for targeting voters with 0 critical thinking and that are easily persuaded by FOX News.

#13 Posted by Bane_09 (3394 posts) -

Republicans are geniuses for targeting voters with 0 critical thinking and that are easily persuaded by FOX News.

Aljosa23

Yup it's pretty sad that the only purpose the news serves is to reinforce prior beliefs and not to enlighten people