I just want to let you know I think your follow-up to Cindy in the Pav was really, really commendable!
The effusive (ultimately, by necessity) sugar-coated tone caused me to grit my teeth at first, for fear it was going to be a deference to most of Cindy's position.
But you made the crucial argument factually correct and concise.
Now, for the Pepsi challenge (or a flip of the coin, whichever you prefer):
I HOPE you abate my pessimism, but let's see if Cindy replies and discards your points, however graciously, reaffirming my charge about "Republicans not getting it", or, if in fact, she weighs what you said, does a little further research, and at least begins a turnabout of some sort.
If she does the latter, maybe there's a crumb of hope yet after all. That's why I'd like you to win this contest. Personally, I don't think she's going to look at the issue any differently, because it's consistent with every right-winger I've run into. Even if you remind them that thousands are ill or dying because they haven't money for medical insurance - that apathy to all this is unspeakable (so much for being Christian!) - they have this religious paranoia about government, an imaginary monolith between you and your physician (mind you, NEVER have we seen evidence in this country to show that would be the outcome; it's a fancy kept alive by a groundless imagined fate . Yet, the real problem - profit-motivated insurance companies who really DO stand between you and your doctor - is something that just doesn't seem to exist for them. It's one of the purest delusions I've ever seen. Imaginary fear: it's another one of those instincts unique to human nature, often to our detriment).
So, let's see if my earlier assessments might be wrong, or if Cindy's retort turns out to be what I think it WILL be, reaffirming my frustration and pessimism.
Beyond that, where YOU'RE concerned, you did what you could and you wrote a good post!