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Future of healthcare hinges on election

Sacramento Bee / The New York Times, October 12, 2012

Joyce Beck, who runs a small hospital and network of medical clinics in rural Nebraska, is reluctant to plan for the future until voters decide between President Obama and Mitt Romney. The candidates' sharply divergent proposals for Medicare, Medicaid and coverage of the uninsured have created too much uncertainty, she explained. "We are all on hold, waiting to see what the election brings," said Ms. Beck, chief executive of Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, Neb.