Implications of the 2012 Election for Health Care — The Voters’ Perspective

… Obama’s narrow win (by 2.8 percentage points) in the popular vote will keep health-policy decisions both partisan and contentious. But the ultimate direction will reflect the health care views of the President, his party, and the people who voted for them. …

Obama voters were three times as likely (27% vs. 9%) to say that health care was the most important problem facing the country (Edison–NEP 2012). Of most immediate consequence, the results show that Obama voters want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implemented and not repealed, and given the political party configuration in Washington, that is likely to be the result of the election. [cont.]

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Amanda Brulé, New England Journal of Medicine