November 3, 2010
By Adam Searing and Adam Linker
We’ve assembled a roundup of our thoughts today about the election and its meaning for health care and other progressive initiatives:
“What happens to the health reform law after this election?” by Adam Searing:
But with new Republican majorities in the US House and the NC House and NC Senate driven by many people who have said they want to “repeal” the new health care law what can people who care about affordable health coverage expect in the days ahead? Overall, I really don’t think much is going to change and the main elements of the new law will continue to move forward. Why? First, remember that both President Obama and Governor Perdue are still in office, so there is no change in administration either here or in Washington. Also in NC, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, who has been aggressive in reining in insurance costs and getting ready to implement reform was not up for election and remains at the head of the NC agency, the Department of Insurance, that will have the most to do with implementing reform in NC. Read more.
“Now what?” by Rob Schofield:
Like the Wake County school system, the General Assembly is now in the hands of far right ideologues, bankrolled by a conservative extremist and his cronies, who are bent upon executing a reactionary agenda. This is not a group with whom progressives can try and work or reach some kind of compromise. This is a group that will try to push the state backwards as far and as fast as possible. It is a group that will be holding hearings on limiting reproductive rights, copying Arizona's anti-immigrant law and taking state services back to the levels of the 1960's within a matter of 90 days. Read more.
“No time to quit” by Chris Fitzsimon:
After every election, the pundits and talking heads rush to proclaim the end of this era or that one and predict the long-term realignment that never happens. That's truer than ever Wednesday morning as people continue to misinterpret this election and make generalizations based on their emotions instead of the evidence before them. Read more.
Adam Searing on why it’s going to be really, really hard to cut Medicaid, the federal/state health program that comprises so much of state budget.
NC Republican John Blust, not normally the most reserved of politicians, cautions members of his own party from reading too much into the election results.
NC Justice Center budget expert Edwin McLenaghan on why the state budget problems aren’t going to be going away for Republicans either.