Politics

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

How the Health Law Might Be Changed by the Next President

By Mary Agnes Carey, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News On the presidential campaign trail, Republican Mitt Romney has repeatedly called for repeal of the 2010 health law and President Barack Obama has vowed to implement it. Yet both men could face obstacles: Romney may be stymied by the lack of a majority in Congress to do his will and Obama could be forced by fiscal concerns or public opinion to revamp parts of the law. Here is a look at …

Romney Narrows Gap With Obama On Medicare Issue

By Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News As the race for the White House has tightened, President Barack Obama has seen his advantage on several key health issues narrow significantly among likely voters, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Oct. 31. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Most troublesome for Obama is that, among likely voters, GOP candidate Mitt Romney has pulled nearly even with him on which candidate would do a better job …

Doctors Take on the Big One: Building a Better Health Care System

By Shefali S. Kulkarni, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News It’s no secret that reforming the country’s health care system is an important issue in this year’s presidential election. According to a recent survey from the New England Journal of Medicine, one of every five voters sees the 2010 health law as a top priority, but many are also still perplexed by it. That confusion has led about 15,000 physicians and medical students from around the country, working through the grass-roots …

On Medicare and Social Security, 12 Senate Races Worth Watching

The future of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans may well be shaped by these 12 key races for seats in the U.S. Senate, all of which have been rated as tossups by RealClearPolitics or major news organizations. This is the first of a series of posts that we’ll do in the final days of the 2012 campaign, looking at how these races are playing out. Each entry includes excerpts from – and links to – stories …

In the Second Presidential Debate, Scant Mention of Medicare, Social Security

President Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential election, met tonight for the second of three debates, but three issues of critical importance to older Americans – Medicare, Social Security and the new health care law – earned only scant mentions. The 90-minute debate, in a “town hall” format that featured questions from audience members, was on the campus of  Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Here are excerpts on those …

Study Finds Premium Support Plan Could Raise Medicare Premiums In Many Parts of Country

By Jordan Rau, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News The type of proposal championed by Republicans to overhaul Medicare by giving beneficiaries a fixed amount of money to purchase insurance could lead to significant increases in premium costs in some parts of the country, according to a new study. If the plan had been in place in 2010, six in 10 Medicare beneficiaries – about 25 million people both in traditional Medicare and in private Medicare Advantage plans – would have …