The 65+ voters were 23% of the total last Tuesday. And they went GOP by a wide margin.
And it is all about Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACT).
The older voters have health insurance,Medicare mostly.
And the 30 second attack ads against the House Dems. created fear,misinformation,and motivation for these voters to vote.
The losing Bluedog up here in Sarataga Springs,Scott Murphy, was hit savagely with the ad "He voted to cut Medicare by $500 billion..."
Of course, the ad. was misleading because the ACT,if fully implemented, would reduce Medicare cost increases by $500 billion over 10 years...or $50 billion yearly. Not a big amount,easily doable just by eliminating waste and fraud,and would make Medicare a stronger program.
But the 65+ voters have no interest in having Medicare "cut" to provided insurance to the "others"..the poor,younger,and largely minority Medicaid recepients.
Now the GOP in the House will likely pass H.R.1,in January,repealing ACT totally. Harry Reid and the Senate Dems. will bury it.
The House GOP will then attack ACT with a 1000 cuts...hold weekly hearings on all aspects of the bill;cut funding;subpoena HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to appear in the House;and will force a shutdown of the government, if required.
Meanwhile, the GOP governors and AG's will work at the state levels to undercut ACA and bury it.
The AG's will persue the ACA legal angles in the courts.
And this ACA will be a major issue in the 2012 campaigns.
There are many good aspects to ACA,but it is destroying civility and any small chance of bipartisanship in DC.
The tragedy is that if ACA goes down completely, major health care and insurance reform will not come around for 50 years.