Election 2010: Changing tide

By Stuart L. Weinstein, MD

Not since 1994 has there been a more heated midterm election. The Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives and increased their numbers in the Senate.

It is clear that jobs and the economy were at the top of Americans’ minds as they went to the polls on the first Tuesday in November. The increasingly unfavorable opinion about the healthcare reform law also played a major role in the voting patterns of Americans. Although the law has many positive aspects, many components of it did not sit well with the American public. Voters expressed concern about the process by which the bill was passed as well as the means used to pay for the newly expanded health insurance coverage.

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