That's as simple a start to the thread as I can make it. I've voted straight republican for my whole life. What's different this time? McCain I believe is better for the economy, but one issue hits so close to home that it is a deal killer to vote for him. I don't know what moron advised him to tax health insurance benefits, but he should be fired, absolutely. If he wants to know why he didn't get the presidency, this thread sums it up. My story is that I was summing up my hospital bills and looked at how much of these bills are going to continue, and put myself in the scenario that one person in my family is admitted to a hospital again. In the case where my wife was put in the hospital to save her life, McCain would have forced me to put myself into a $35,000 higher tax bracket. In the process, though he offers a $5,000 deduction, would force me to pay a tax rate of 35% on the additional benefits from my health insurance company. Basically, his plan is actually a bigger tax increase than even obama's increase of the highest marginal tax rate by 3%. It would hit really close to home to have to pay an extra $10,500 on my tax bill next year in addition to the decent income that my family makes. Whoever designed his plan is a moron. Now, I can say I'm probably not for socialized medicine, but McCain's plan is unforgiveable. If you haven't heard this, just google mccain healthcare plan and I guarantee you'll see this idea. Now! What am I going to do when a conservative is forced to vote for Obama? I plan on creating gridlock in the system. By voting for Obama, and straight republican on the other congressional and local elections, I can thwart anything from happening. I haven't heard it proposed, but I felt like I needed to get it off my chest because it's so heartbreaking to defend the republican party so long and be stabbed in the back with this plan. So sad for me. But anyway, I'm sure some would disagree, but it's too much of a risk to think there isn't a possibility of McCain's plan passing. Sorry, John. For his defense he pretends like it won't apply to the important things, but a hospital stay would. http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/ThankYou.htm Click health care. Yeah, he doesn't understand the sheer size of the benefits if he thinks a five thousand credit is going to help.