Viewpoints: Newspapers opine on Obama's health care, fiscal challenges

Published on November 8, 2012 at 6:08 AM · No Comments

The New York Times: President Obama's Success
President Obama's dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day. But it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stress job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction -; and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage. ...  Republicans had to be disappointed in the results of their unrelenting assault on Mr. Obama's health care reform law. Only around a quarter of Americans said it should be repealed in its entirety (11/6).

The Washington Post: President Obama's Second Term: Now The Hard Work Really Begins
Having inherited a mess, he gets four more years to create a legacy. The accomplishments, as we said in endorsing Mr. Obama for reelection, include the stabilization of the economy and health-care reform. The latter has, for the most part, not taken effect; a second-term task will be to ensure that it achieves the dual goals of extending coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and beginning the difficult, uncertain process of restraining the unsustainable rise of health-care costs (11/7).

USA Today: Obama Wins Big Victory, Bigger Challenge
Obama goes in having already achieved what others, ranging from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, failed at: enacting universal health insurance legislation. In his second term, this new law, which has been so reviled in some quarters, will go into full effect and Americans will judge it for themselves. Our guess is the opposition will fade with time as the benefits become more apparent, although cost-control will remain a challenge (11/7).

USA Today: What The GOP Should Do To Rebuild
[Republicans] may also need to recalibrate their positions on reproductive issues such as birth control and Planned Parenthood that are harming it among women and young voters. Women made up 53% of the vote and broke to Obama by a 10-point margin. Candidates with extreme positions on abortion cost the GOP sure-win Senate seats Tuesday in Indiana and Missouri (11/7).

The Wall Street Journal: Hope Over Experience 
These columns have viewed this election as more consequential than others for a single reason-;ObamaCare. Tax rates do economic damage when they rise, but they can be cut again. Regulations can be adapted to or phased out. Spending can be cut. But the Affordable Care Act will spread like termites in the national economy and public fisc. Mr. Obama will no doubt use his second term to consolidate this liberal entitlement dream, with its ultimate goal of single-payer health care. ... The exit polls show the two campaigns fought Medicare essentially to a draw in Florida ... Many seniors seem to understand that ObamaCare poses a far greater threat to the future of Medicare than does opening the rickety program to private insurance options (11/7).

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