Election 2012

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

Posted on 11/7/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy 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. …

President’s Win Is Reprieve for ‘Obamacare’

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Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jay Hancock, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News President Barack Obama’s victory cements the Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to millions but leaving weighty questions about how to pay for it and other care to be delivered to an increasingly unhealthy, aging population. “The re-election of Obama and the Democrats holding the Senate will solidify the law in American history,” said Len Nichols, a health economist at George Mason University who supports what both sides have come to call Obamacare. …

Tammy Baldwin Wins U.S. Senate Race in Wisconsin

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Bulletin Today | PoliticsNews organizations have called the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin in favor of Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who defeated former Wisconsin governor and Bush administration official Tommy Thompson. With 78.8 percent of the vote counted, Baldwin was leading 50.8 percent to 46.6 percent, according to Politico.

All in the Family: Two Sisters Explain Their Presidential Differences

Posted on 11/6/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen it comes to Election 2012, two sisters who live together in Canonsburg, Pa., have agreed to disagree. In a Wall Street Journal video interview, Jeannie Alderson, 82, and Lillie Shannon, 89, explain why they split their votes between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

In Missouri, McCaskill Defeats Akin to Win Re-Election

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Bulletin Today | PoliticsDemocratic Senator Claire McCaskill, written off just months ago as a likely loser in her Missouri re-election race, has won a trip back to Washington — and she has 50- to 64-year-old voters, the state’s biggest voter group by age, in part to thank for it. McCaskill, who was dragging in polls early this summer, was expected to lose the seat to a Republican. But when GOP nominee Todd Akin made controversial comments about abortion and rape victims, McCaskill’s numbers began …

Warren Beats Brown, Democrats Retake Kennedy’s Seat

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Bulletin Today | PoliticsElizabeth Warren has captured a Senate seat from Massachusetts, defeating Scott Brown, the Republican who had replaced the late Democratic “Lion of the Senate” Edward M. Kennedy. Warren took 54 percent of 50- to 64-year-old voters compared to 46 percent for Brown. Those voters represent 29 percent of the Bay State electorate. Among 65-plus voters, who make up 20 percent of Massachusetts voters, Warren bested Brown by 54-46 percent. President Obama, who was heavily favored to win the blue state, …