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+ …

Electoral Politics End; Legislative Season Begins

Jackie Judd, vice president and senior advisor for communications at the Kaiser Family Foundation, talks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and journalist Richard E. Cohen about what the new political landscape means for the health law and for federal budget negotiations. Read the transcript: JACKIE JUDD: Good Day, and welcome to Health On The Hill. I’m Jackie Judd. President Obama is re-elected and we again have a divided Congress. What does that mean for the Affordable Care …

Democrats’ Medicare Offensive Falls Flat Against GOP

By Richard E. Cohen for Kaiser Health News At first glance, Tuesday’s election does not appear to have altered much the country’s health care politics: Many of the same key players and issues will dominate the congressional debate. Yet the temptation to claim a “status quo” outcome from the election ignores broader trends in this year’s health and Medicare debates, according to longtime congressional observers. The similarities for the upcoming 113th Congress are evident: Republicans will hold comfortable control of …

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 …

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 …