A second term in hand, President Bush will continue to push his healthcare agenda of capping medical malpractice awards and expanding health savings accounts and association health plans. Bush has not stated any new health policies for his second term, aside from passing remarks during the campaign about wanting to allow individuals to buy health insurance across state lines. "Bottom line, it's more of the same. In the end, healthcare was not a major issue with voters," said Rick Pollack, American Hospital Association executive vice president.
Meanwhile, several Senate winners such as Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) support reimporting drugs from Canada. In Louisiana, Republican David Vitter won the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat John Breaux, who was instrumental in writing the Medicare Modernization Act of 2004. In South Dakota, Republican John Thune, a malpractice reform advocate, defeated Senate minority leader Tom Daschle. The battle for the House seat in Louisiana between retired heart surgeon Charles Boustany, a Republican, and state Sen. Willie Landry Mount, a Democrat, was to be decided in a runoff for the state's 7th District. -- by Tony Fong