Best and worst outcomes from the 2012 election
Voters across the political spectrum could find something to celebrate or decry, especially those of us here at The Times' Opinion Manufacturing Division, where we follow elections with a fervor that verges on the unhealthy. --Dan Turner
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Worst: Ignorance reigns on Obamacare( Mark Wilson / Getty Images )
Voters in five states were confronted with ballot measures intended to challenge or thwart the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare. All of these initiatives came with a slight problem: They're meaningless under well-established constitutional law. But would that stop voters in such conservative states as Wyoming from lunging at such easy red meat? Of course not. That state, plus Alabama, Missouri and Montana (Florida voters failed to take the bait), passed measures that prohibit residents or employers from being forced to buy insurance, or that forbid participation in a federal healthcare program, or that order the state not to create an insurance exchange. These actions are entirely symbolic, and there's nothing wrong with a little symbolism... but voters outraged about Obamacare would do better to wait until it has been implemented to find out whether it works or not, rather than rejecting it out of hand because they don't like the president who proposed it.
Above: Richard Mondale, left, yells at Obama healthcare supporter Will Oneil during a protest in front of the Supreme Court building.