In the fall of 2008, Robert C. Shearer was leaning toward voting for Barack Obama, but as Election Day drew closer, the retired deputy warden of the Lycoming County Prison changed his mind.
"I had reservations. Some of the things I saw him do when he was in the U.S. Senate caused me to change my mind," Shearer said.
With Obama now entering his sixth year as president and with the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," Shearer's thoughts these days are very much on the health care reform law.
He said the law is a huge mistake.
"I don't think our government is in any position to take on the added costs of 'Obamacare,' " said Shearer, a former deputy state game protector, who, in his 79 years, has survived cancer, multiple sclerosis and a stroke he suffered two years ago.
"Providing health care for everyone? It's really an impossible thing as far as I'm concerned," said Shearer, who has four children and several grandchildren.
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"I really don't see how the taxpayers can afford it," he added.
"I'm really not happy with Obama at all. To me, it seems that he really can't do anything right," said the 1953 Montoursville Area High School graduate, who lives with his wife in Wolf Township.
"He certainly has been a disappointment. There has been no leadership there whatsoever," Shearer said.