Are you all voting today?

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2008-11-04 17:31:46 -0600
Started 2008-11-04 11:46:39 -0600

Don't forget to vote. It's more important now than ever.

With regards to healthcare, I read in the Nov. 3 issue of Newsweek that McCain's plan will cost over a trillion dollars more than Obama's plan, and won't do a very good job providing coverage for people with "pre-existing conditions" like diabetes (!)

I couldn't find it online, but there's a special Newsweek pullout section that details the candidates' plans, with the headline "Cures for the Health-Care Headache."

19 replies

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 13:34:55 -0600 Report

I voted early here, last week. I have to say that neither candidate does much for me. I only claim a party because if I don't, I cannot vote in the primaries here in Florida. But I don't just vote any party lines.

What bugs me most is that the media brain washes us into thinking there are only two candidates to choose from. I voted the Constitutional Party in an effort to give the power back to the people, and save our rights that get stripped away a little more each day.

I know, I can hear you saying it now, that I "threw" my vote away. My heart could not abide voting either of the main candidates in, so I voted for one who represents what I want to see happen. We get so lost in our healthcare, economic, abortion, war, and gay marriage issues that we don't see who is destroying our way of life are the very people put there to protect it.
I have said too much...but when have you ever known me to keep my mouth shut. LOL!

sparkysmom 2008-11-04 14:13:03 -0600 Report

A vote is never "cast away". Maybe if enough people did that our leaders would hear.

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 14:18:42 -0600 Report

I agree. I have a very dear friend who keeps telling me I threw away my vote. I just remind her that the only wasted vote is one that my heart could not tolerate. I have done this for years now it seems. I keep hoping enough people will do the same, and think outside the box. We keep choosing the same people and hope we get a differnt result. This election was one where the "underdogs" were in it a lot longer than I have seen in a long time. So maybe we are getting close to really getting some new blood in the white house. It won't be this election, but you can bet it will be the next one if things go south. We are tired of being beat up by our government, it's time we made a stand.
Sheesh....there I go again....LOL

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-11-04 14:55:31 -0600 Report

You gave me an idea…I am at a loss on who to vote for and I think you have a very good point…

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 14:59:58 -0600 Report

I don't want to add to the political mayhem, but if you want some websites to visit and places to get involved in other parties, just drop me a note and I will be glad to hook you up with some. From there, the research is up to you. It takes more research on the other candidates, because the media won't cover them. It is worth the effort. And even if it doesn't help you this election, you can be getting involved for the next.

kdroberts 2008-11-04 15:13:50 -0600 Report

You did the right thing. There is absolutely no point in voting for somebody because you don't like their opponent. A vote is a positive thing, either give it to somebody you support or withhold it. Neither is wasted.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-11-04 13:23:55 -0600 Report

Yes, I am voting after work…I am still undecided and think that both have good and bad plans…I will pray very hard to be shown which one is the right one…

caspersmama 2008-11-04 13:23:06 -0600 Report

I already voted a week ago. For me and my family Obamas healthcare plan looks the best for us. My 23 year old daughter may finally be able to afford healthcare and my hubby and me can keep ours through his employer. McCain's 5,000 dollar plan would not even cover me with all of my pre existing conditions. So not to be too political, I think Obama's would be the better choice. Just remember everyone to VOTE.

kdroberts 2008-11-04 13:40:16 -0600 Report

With McCain's plan you wouldn't see any change in coverage if you get your insurance through an employer. The biggest difference and where the $5,000 comes in is how the reporting changes. The plan states that the premium the employer pays gets added into the employees paycheck as earned income. So, say you earn $50,000 and your employer pays $6,000 towards your yearly insurance premium, your W-2 will show you earned $56,000 rather than $50,000. The $5,000 gets applied to that which will bring it down to $51,000 so you would be paying tax on an extra $1,000. If your employer doesn't cover much towards your premium or you have a low cost insurance plan you might end up better off as it could bring your taxable income down. If you have a high priced insurance plan or your employer pays a lot towards it then you may be worse off.

At least, that's how I understand it.

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 13:46:17 -0600 Report

The one downfall of Obama's plan is that pre-existing conditions to be covered are temporary things like pregnanacy. I did not see where chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cancer would be considered is very confusing.

Maybe those things will be covered, but I would not count on it. Preventative coverage is a good thing though, and if they are willing to understand that controlled blood glucose is a preventative measure, perhaps more of that will be covered.

caspersmama 2008-11-04 13:48:03 -0600 Report

I am not going to get into politics with you or anybody else, I stated that I voted and for who and why. that is all anyone needs to know.

kdroberts 2008-11-04 13:59:12 -0600 Report

I didn't ask you to. I just posted some info about McCain's healthcare plan. No need to go off on one.

caspersmama 2008-11-04 16:29:11 -0600 Report

I find it very funny you have such strong opinions on candidates but you are not voting. But whatever. I have had such a great day not even you is going to spoil it. Have a great night KD

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 17:30:00 -0600 Report

KD is not a US citizen. A lot of people from other countries are watching very closely what is happening here. I have an online friend in the UK, and we talk polotics all the time. I find him very refreshing. It's good to see it from a different point of view sometimes.

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-04 13:00:53 -0600 Report

yes, i voted this morning. voted my party. i don,t get fired up about anyt hing a politicion says. some changes are good and some are bad. we never know how things will turn out.

kdroberts 2008-11-04 13:20:13 -0600 Report

I always find the "vote for my party" interesting. I never understood it because isn't "your party" the one who's candidate you most align with rather than a set in stone thing where you vote even though you agree with nothing they are offering?

I've met countless people in Ohio who were republican who voted for republican state governors just because they were republican. They then spent the entire time between elections complaining about how badly the state was run. Then they voted for the same person because he was a republican and got him re-elected! Then, surprise surprise, they spent the next few years complaining about how badly the state was being run.

sparkysmom 2008-11-04 12:14:20 -0600 Report

I already voted. I couldn't say one was better than the other so I voted party. I'm a Republican. I would have voted Democrat if I thought he was any better than McCain. They both had good and bad points. IMHO

kdroberts 2008-11-04 12:01:16 -0600 Report

I won't be voting, because I can't. I did look into all the policies though and with McCain's I would be financially worse off at the end of the year. I couldn't really tell either way about Obama's. My opinion is that unfortunately neither one is very good.

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