The only people that are upset that the election is over are the advertising agencies that placed all of the spots on TV and or media. They now have to wait another year and a half before bombarding us with all the things wrong with each candidate. Everyone else is happy that it is over and we won’t have as much negativism on the evening shows. More people are happy that their candidates won. So what does it mean for the future? Well, believe it or not, I have some thoughts. Let me share them with you.
First of all, will it mean the end of Obamacare? Nope, I don’t think it will be the end of ACA as we know it. No matter how many candidates used the line – I will repeal Obamacare – the fact is that it is here to stay. With that said, there is a good chance that it will be somewhat neutered from its original overreaching aspects. I look for changes like the definition of full time to 40 hours, possibly the delay or elimination of employer mandate, and maybe some narrowing of the essential benefits.
One of the most important things we will see with the new alignment is actual discussion and voting on bills at the Senate. Over the last few years, the House would send legislation to the Senate only to have it censored by Senator Reid. Now with the change in leadership, those bills will garner discussion and voting which will allow the American Public the opportunity to decide on candidates that in two years will be up for re-election. This is why it was so important to change the leadership. If we don’t ever get to see how our elected officials are voting, we are left with only the sound bites that the media gives us. With that said, we won’t see a lot of legislation actually get passed as our President has stated that he will veto any bill that isn’t to his liking. Without the super majority in the Senate, the vetoes won’t be able to be overridden. You know what, that is fine as it is more important to know what the intent of the official is than actually getting new bills passed. The less amount of damage that can be done by passing bills that are not properly agreed upon is evident with the passing of ACA and all of the problems we have seen when bills are not thoroughly vetted.
In Nebraska, we have great representation and I look forward to meeting our new State Senators in Lincoln. Congratulations to all and good luck in doing the work of the people of Nebraska. All in all, it was a great night for Republicans but also for Americans as the democratic process was fully evident.