The Wall Street Journal: A New Direction For America
All presidential elections matter. This one matters a great deal. It matters to the senior who needs medical care but, thanks to ObamaCare, can't find a doctor who is taking new Medicare patients. ... This election is about them. It is about all of us. ... It is about the education of our children, the value of our homes, the take-home pay from our jobs, the price of the gasoline we buy, the choices we have in our health care (Mitt Romney, 11/2).
The Wall Street Journal: Real Progress, But We're Not Done
I've worked with Republicans to cut a trillion dollars of spending, and I'll do more. I'll work with anyone of any party to move this country forward. But I won't eliminate health insurance for millions of poor, elderly or disabled on Medicaid, and I won't turn Medicare into a voucher to pay for another millionaire's tax cut. That is surrender to the same philosophy that hurt middle-class families for too long (President Barack Obama, 11/2).
The New York Times: The Republican Id
The macroeconomics professor who helped shape Paul Ryan is a voluble, passionate supply-sider and self-described "hard-core libertarian" named William R. Hart. ... Hart's policy expectations for a Romney/Ryan regime are familiar from the campaign. ... They include entrusting health care for the poor, and as much else as possible, to the mercies of the states; requiring that Medicare compete in a voucher market; cutting marginal tax rates, of course. What is striking, talking to Ryan's mentor, is not the policies but the fervor and the deep suspicion of the other side's motives (Bill Keller, 11/4).
The New York Times: What We Already Know
The second major development of the 2012 campaign has been the failure of Paul Ryan to emerge as the white hot ideological flash point that many on the left and right expected. Instead, from a purely political vantage point, Ryan has not only turned out to be an acceptable running mate – his home state, Wisconsin is unexpectedly in play -; but his March 20, 2012 proposal to turn Medicare into a "premium support" (or voucher) plan has not, in and of itself, doomed Republican chances. ... the survey suggests that Democrats may have lost much of their overwhelming advantage among voters on the broad issue of health care, including Medicare (Thomas B. Edsall, 11/4).
The Wall Street Journal: Obama's Progressive Gamble
[W]ith a filibuster-proof Senate of 60 Democrats, (President Obama) began the Bataan death march to national health care-;a new entitlement at a time when the current entitlement state is buckling and unaffordable. The Affordable Care Act is among the worst pieces of legislation ever passed, not least because Mr. Obama might have notched another bipartisan victory had he sought GOP input. When the bill ran into trouble with the public and even moderate Democrats, he plowed ahead anyway (11/4).
Los Angeles Times: The Likely Winner -- Gridlock
Romney's professions of bipartisanship also collide with promises he has made to his own supporters -; promises he could scarcely abandon even if he wanted to (and he says he doesn't). On "Day One" of his presidency, the GOP candidate says, he would begin the work of repealing Obama's healthcare law -; something Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to block. If a straightforward attempt to repeal Obamacare fails in the Senate, many Republicans want to undermine the law by blocking its implementation and funding (Doyle McManus, 11/4).
The Hill: Healthcare Law On The Ballot
If President Obama wins and Democrats hold the Senate, the Affordable Care Act will survive. If Mitt Romney wins and Republicans take the Senate, the law is dead. It is the starkest of differences. ... We will either move to a federally-dominated healthcare system, or we will step away from that precipice and pursue different reforms (David Merritt, 11/2).
NBC's/The Grio: How Do We Solve A Problem Like Health Care Reform?
[President Obama] has brought encouraging changes to a health insurance system which to this point had been largely a voluntary endeavor. … [However,] the President did not deliver pharmaceutical price negotiation to Medicare Part D. This could still deliver significant cost savings to taxpayers as well as Medicare beneficiaries. ... Secondly, the President failed to include a Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP)-like public option in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges. Not for lack of effort (Dr. Cedric Dark, 11/1).
The Wall Street Journal: A Referendum On ObamaCare And Liberty
If President Barack Obama is re-elected, ObamaCare's controls over doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical firms and other providers of medical care will be tightened, and the operations of private insurance companies will be progressively restricted. ... If Gov. Mitt Romney is elected, by contrast, ObamaCare's controls will be turned to promoting freer, more competitive markets, laying the groundwork for legislative "repeal and replace" (Christopher DeMuth, 11/4).