What About All Those Exhausted Men?

As a journalist and former caregiver (that’s me with my Dad in the photo, during his time living with me in Cape Cod), I pay attention to how caregiving is handled in the media. And, as a man, I often note how rarely men are mentioned in what little coverage caregivers receive. A recent radio piece brought this point home, almost humorously, questioning why male caregivers seem so invisible, without any apparent recognition of the media’s own lack of attention to the question’s possible answers. …

Health Law Was a Wash in the Election, Poll Finds

By Jordan Rau, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News After two years of noise and stridency on the 2010 health care law, the Affordable Care Act ended up being a wash in the presidential election, a new poll finds. Both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney ended up getting equal support among voters who said the law was a “major factor” in their vote for president, according to the poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted shortly after last Tuesday’s election. (KHN is …

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+ …

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 …

Obama Win Boosts Health Law, But States Still Control Its Destiny

By Phil Galewitz, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News President Barack Obama’s reelection ensures the survival of his landmark health care law, but predominantly Republican state officials will get a big say in how it is carried out. State lawmakers will control whether millions of uninsured people get coverage through Medicaid beginning in 2014, as the law envisions. They’ll also decide whether to set up online markets where individuals can shop for coverage and seek federal subsidies to lower their costs. …