Politics

Veteran journalists Mary Hickey, Bill Hogan, Kim Keister, Patrick J. Kiger, Susan Milligan, and Bernard Ohanian write about this year's campaign.

How Ballot Measures Measured Up for 50+ Americans

While the presidential race and contests for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives got the most attention on Nov. 6, voters in some states got the chance to decide on a number of referendum questions as well. Here are some of the key results on proposals affecting Americans 50 and older. The health care law. In four states – Alabama, Florida, Montana and Wyoming – ballot measures sought to block the Affordable Care Act‘s individual mandate, which requires …

50+ Voters: Some Revelations From the Exit Polls

Exit poll data is providing some significant insights into Tuesday’s election, in which President Barack Obama won a second term – and the role that voters 50 and older, who amount to nearly half of the electorate, played in the outcome. An AARP analysis of the exit poll data shows that while the 50+ vote went to GOP candidate Mitt Romney by 53-46 percent, older voters played an important role in Obama’s decisive near-sweep of battleground states. See also: State-by-state breakdowns of the 50+ …

Obama Challenges: Medicare, Social Security, Health Care Law

Same president. Same Republican control of the U.S. House. Same Democratic control of the U.S. Senate. But that doesn’t mean that issues especially important to voters 50 and older will stay the same. With the nation’s looming fiscal problems, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid could face changes. And President Obama’s signature accomplishment – the Affordable Care Act – now faces the implementation phase (instead of a prospective battle over repealing it had Republican Mitt Romney had been elected). Medicare and …

With Votes Counted, ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looms Large

From Kaiser Health News News outlets report that with the election in the rear-view mirror, President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers must pivot to high-stakes negotiations over expiring income tax rates, massive scheduled cuts to Pentagon spending and entitlement reform. Also on the to-do list: the Medicare doc fix. The Washington Post: Fresh From Reelection, President Finds Himself On Edge Of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ The president, who won reelection late Tuesday, must now confront the “fiscal cliff,” nearly $500 billion in automatic …

GOP Retains House Despite Democrats’ Medicare Attacks

From Kaiser Health News The Republican Party retains control of the House of Representatives, despite the Democrats’ Medicare attacks. As a result, House Republicans could continue to clash with President Obama and the Senate’s Democratic majority. The Wall Street Journal: GOP Retains House Control Republicans retained control of the House Tuesday night, confronting President Barack Obama with a continuing partisan obstacle to his second-term agenda (Hook, Nov. 7). The New York Times: Republicans Stand Firm in Controlling the House Retirements by a …

12 Key Senate Races: Who Won, Who Lost

an Oct. 24 post, we looked at how the future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by the outcomes of 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations, and in a Nov. 2 post we looked at how those races were playing out in the final days of the 2012 campaign. Each entry in both posts included …