TIME: What Obama's re-election means for health care
November 9th, 2012
07:37 AM ET
2 years ago

TIME: What Obama's re-election means for health care

(TIME.com) - Liberals feared that a Mitt Romney presidency could mean the end of the most significant piece of social legislation in half a century.

Conservatives feared a second Obama term would allow implementation of another massive entitlement program.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    It means costs will continue to escalate out of control.

    November 9, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why do conservatives ALWAYS think that the lose elections because of a messaging problem, not reaching enough people? Listen and replay all of the conservative rationales as to why Romney lost and you'll the same thing. Messaging failed. Conservatives cannot accept the reality that their messaging worked, and that it was the MESSAGE'S content that was the failure.

    November 9, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Nation needs this law. Enough talking about it.

    November 9, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Seniors with Medicare prescription drug coverage are getting cash rebates. Young adults have joined their parents' insurance policies. Uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions are getting health coverage through Obamacare programs. Some states are setting up health insurance consumer assistance bureaus and drawing up the architecture for new exchanges where private health insurance will be sold and regulated.

    Stopping all of that, which Romney vowed to do if not by edict then by throwing truckloads of sand in the government's regulatory gears, would have created chaos
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    This was the kind of reporting that we yearned for prior to the election CNN.
    That first paragraph so succintly describing the advantages of Obamacare to the general public without the GOP-injected fearmongering should've been something written and reported on MONTHS ago. Instead you opted for misinformation (lies really), sensationalism, and being Faux News print comrade-in-arms.
    This is yet ANOTHER rwason why your ratings are in the tank and you have nothing to crow about in the worl of journalism.

    November 9, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    What does Pres. Obama's re-election mean for health care? Wrong question. You should ask what will it mean to the right wing. I'll tell you. The right wing will ignore the electoral blowout. The right continue with business as usual by continuiing to repeal the ACA in the House, and repeating their false talking points despite facts pointing to the contrary. In short, the right will continue to ignore the will of the People, believing that the People need to be taught what to think.

    November 9, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Seniors will see Medicare fade into the sunset and be covered by Obamacare, but not be able to afford the coverage. Then with Doctors refusing to accept smaller wages for Seniors care......Good luck with home care and epsom salts, and old liniments in an effort to survive.

    November 9, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Phyllis G Williams

    Some may have lost, but Thank God my grand-daughter will remain on my son's medical benefit program.

    November 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Wilson

    It means the quality of heath care will drop significantly. There will be shortages of doctors and many fewer students choosing to be doctors. It means taxes on working people will go up, to pay for the handouts to the people that don't want to work (whatever their skin color). It will mean people will die while waiting for their turn with the doctor.

    November 9, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. The Motown Sound!

    Healthcare shouldn't be viewed as an entitlement but an investment in human capital for our global competitiveness, in addition to the moral implications of providing preventive care for all Americans. That is an example of America's "exceptionalism"–WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN! - that conservatives can't seem to comprehend, especially the right-wing evangelico HYPOCRITS!!

    November 9, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Name tbone

    The doctors are reducing their Medicare patients now due to low payments. The payments are now scheduled to be reduced more ( that was the 716M everyone was speaking of). Some medicare patients will have a very hard time finding a quality provider, and many private practices will close. The docs have to make enough to keep the doors open. Too bad the large majority of libs work for govrrnment or large corps or even not at all, so they are a little out of touch with the basics.

    November 9, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Chris

    More people will be turned away from getting medical attention. Also Obamacare is a tax. You still have to purchase it and if you can not expect to pay a penalty

    November 9, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. GI Joe

    It means it will be tweaked to make it better, instead of being repealed.

    The entire House is up for election again in just two years - you had better listen to the real people of the U.S.A., not the baggers.

    November 9, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Ray

    It means the government who doesn't really do anything well other than the military is running healthcare. Care and innovation will suffer.

    November 9, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Joe- The folks in the House DID listen to the people and just won re-election. If they cave to the Socialist Progressives, they will be replaced by someone else with the same mindset as the current crop of Congress members

    November 9, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. GI Joe

    @Ancient Texan

    I already pay a bunch for medicare, ($99 for Part B, $150 for Supplemental, and $45 for Part D) – according to what I read of the ACA (Obamacare) my rates would go DOWN because the rates are determined by what people have left after rent, util, food, transportation.

    Get some facts and do some research before you start more of your god-awful fear-mongering AGAIN.

    November 9, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. GI Joe

    And that almost $300 for Medicare is every MONTH. So NO, it is NOT free.

    November 9, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Mo Money

    Bend over tax payers, the dems havent wasted enough of our money yet. Expect 4 more years of the same nonsense. I can only imagine what BO's comments will be today. I tried and the republicans obstruct.

    November 9, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Canuck

    The United States has its huge , bloated military – which for some Conservatives is still not enough and yet it still cannot bring itself to provide ALL of it's citizens with quality, affordable not-for-profit health care. It's not so much socialism as just plain, human decency.

    November 9, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Part of the problem that our industries have is that they have to pay for health insurance for their employees where many of the counterparts in Europe and Asia don't have to do that. It is a cost for our companes where others don't have to worry about it. This does make one wonder why we don't do that also.

    November 9, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray

    It means the government who doesn't really do anything well other than the military is running healthcare. Care and innovation will suffer.
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    The exchanges benefit private insurers: the only states that are opting out of exchanges are Red states that want the Feds to do it for them. Once again, blue states paying for lazy red states.

    November 9, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. GI Joe

    Buy your own insurance and stop Corporations from pocketing most of the money by skimming off the top. Better yet, buy Obamacare (ACA) and stop the Insurance companies from skimming. They have already been stopped from having too much profit and not enough care. Thank you President Obama.

    November 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Get some facts and do some research before you start more of your god-awful fear-mongering AGAIN."

    I wholeheartedly agree. A sleep under the bed hugging the blankie candidate if ever there was one.

    November 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Ray actually wrote:

    It means the government who doesn't really do anything well other than the military is running healthcare. Care and innovation will suffer.
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    Reality Check: Private Insurers will be providing health care coverage. The federal government won't be running anything.

    Reality Check: The Pentagon likes to pay several thousand dollars for stuff like toilet seats and mouse pads.

    November 9, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Larry IN Houston

    @ G I Joe – don't pay much attention to "ancient texan" – we've got to have some of those types on here, that's what makes these posts & articles Great !

    It wouldn't be Fair if we didn't have some of the views from the "other side" every once in a while.

    CNN – IS ( and I mean IS ) the BEST News Channel, Bar None !! It IS the Most Fair & Balanced News Channel, EVER !!

    Carry ON, CNN !!!

    November 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Canuck

    @Mo Money
    " I can only imagine what BO's comments will be today. I tried and the republicans obstruct."

    Well, that's a fact , so what's your point?

    November 9, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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