He has taken flak nationally for his stance against gay marriage, but he said he doesn't mind because while working at American Airlines, he saw firsthand what happens when benefits are extended to gay people.What planet is he living on?
He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.
"Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they're dying (when they're) between 30 and 44 years old," he said. "To me, it's a moral issue. It's a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong."
1. Not all gay people are HIV-positive, nor do we all have AIDS.
2. It's the rare person who gets free family health coverage. I have family coverage for my son. It's not a free add-on feature. It costs extra -- and that's okay because I'm responsible and because he's my son and I want his health needs to be met. The same would be true if I ended up putting Husband Mark onto my health insurance plan.
3. Did I mention that it's not free medical? It's our health plans paid for with our money that we earned doing paid work tasks. So what's it matter to Dave Agema how we spend our health care dollars?
4. Let's assume that I was dying of AIDS right now, why shouldn't I seek the financial and medical protection of my husband's health insurance plan? What's the alternative? Should I be uninsured and die with a large, unpaid medical debt? Should the hospital and other medical providers go unpaid because I had AIDS? Or is the issue that I should remain uninsured and my husband be left with a dead spouse and a huge bill that will financially devastate him and our son?
5. Let's assume that I was dying of COPD or heart disease or Alzheimer's disease, would there be the same moral judgment against my death? Would it be less objectionable for me to share health coverage then with my husband?