Maine state Rep. Ken Fredette, a Republican, argued that he and his fellow Republicans think differently about accepting federal healthcare funds because his "man's brain" is more concerned about potential costs.
"I can't help but think of a title of a book, 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,'" Fredette began. "And it's a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain in their own world, and women think another way in their own brain in their own world. And it really talks about the way men and women can do a better job at communicating."
He continued: "From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about 'free this is free, we need to take it and it's free and we need to do it now,' and that's sort of the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain being a man's brain sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it's not -- if it's free is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, 'there's a cost to this.'"
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.