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 …

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 …

Bloggers Parse What Happens Next On Health Law

By Andrew Villegas, Associate Editor, Kaiser Health News The health policy world has moved on from what happens if the health law survives to what happens next now that its future appears secure. Bloggers are focusing on how the law will be implemented, what the role of states may be, how patient care will be affected and how the work left to be done will shake out. Here’s a sampling: Health Affairs’ Blog has three pieces on how the law …

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 …