Your thoughts: Vote for the issues, not parties
GOP nominee Mitt Romney makes a statement soon after the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare.
October 8th, 2012
01:36 PM ET

Your thoughts: Vote for the issues, not parties

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Some Republicans are torn between party loyalty and the benefits they receive from Obamacare, as Elizabeth Cohen reports in her latest story. The piece on voting for/against the Affordable Care Act prompted many comments on party ideology in the United States and whether health care is really the only issue up for debate among conservatives.

The most popular comment on the story as of Monday morning was from reader Rawpups:

Sadly, Republicans have been voting against their own self-interest for years. Time to wake up, folks - a vote for Romney is a vote against the lower and middle classes.

But Drake666 was quick to disagree:

So, sadly, is a vote for Obama. The greatest threat to the middle class is the healthcare cost ... While ACA has some good and necessary sections, it fails to address the real threat to the country and makes the situation worse for everyone.

A few commenters compared voting along party lines to supporting a favorite sports team:

This is exactly what's wrong with this country, Obama has done something life changing for some people, and they might not vote for him simply because of his party affiliation. It's time to start actually looking at the issues and voting with your brain, not just blindly voting for your "team."

My brother-in-law is a die-hard Falcons fan. Win, lose or draw, he's with them. While an admirable trait in sports, in politics not so much. Loyalty is good, blind loyalty (outside of sports) can be downright dangerous.

Many feel that the Republican Party has changed over the decades - and that those who used to support it should take a closer look.

I wish we could reform the Republican Party. I'm a conservative, but I'm an atheist, pro-choice, and pro-environment. Very pro-gun and pro-business. ... But now I have to choose between Obama and Romney? I don't think so.

Longtime Republicans are "torn" over much more than "Obamacare" - they are torn over the extreme right-wing takeover of their Party and the fact that its positions are unrecognizable to longtime supporters. Let’s not think for one minute that "Obamacare" is the "only" or driving reason for such despair and mutiny.

Sean Crees
I have always considered myself right leaning, but according to the GOP nowadays, I'm a liberal socialist. The right has gone WAY too far right, and it's scary.

I have voted Republican since Richard Nixon, but that is over. Insuring pre-existing medical conditions is one of the primary reasons. Once you get to that point you realize the Republican Party is no longer what they were, no matter what they say.

A common theme in many of the posts was one urging voters to decide based on the issues instead of a particular candidate or party:

If people would focus on what REALLY does have a tangible effect on their lives and not stuff that they just disagree with morally, 3/4 of the country's problems could be resolved.

It is not a wasted vote. Voting for the third largest political party in this country sends a message to the top two. They aren't doing their jobs well and WE THE PEOPLE know it.

A strong section of commenters know for sure who they're voting for in the upcoming election:

Bekah Hernandez Gerber
My older parents vote Republican... They also know that they're older, with jobs at corporations cutting employees by the sack, and they both have diabetes and heart conditions. Without insurance, I'd wager they're dead in five years or less. But they'll vote Republican.

I vote for the best qualified and candidate that more closely shares my beliefs and represents my interests. But the most important thing for me is who is best for the country. Romney is the better man and leader.

Obamacare benefits everyone. I am a former Republican voting for Obama because he finally did what Democrat & Republican presidents have been promising for decades. It's a mess and it still needs some tweaking, but it's a huge improvement over what we had before.

I've lived a long time in this nation, 75 years, and have seen many presidents and how they govern this nation. My comment is go ahead and vote for Obama; that is your right. When things go very south if he is reelected, shut your mouth...you got what you asked for. A nation in deep deep debt, one without a soul and God and one that you have ruined for your grandchildren and their children.

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