Gavel on flag Who controls Washington, D.C., is only part of the election's impact on health policy. Several key health issues were on the ballot both directly and indirectly in many states. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to be inching toward the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency Wednesday afternoon, but at the same time it was becoming clearer that Democrats would not take back the Senate majority they lost in 2014. If that bears out, it could well be a prescription for gridlock on health care.

Without a Democratic majority in the Senate, Biden as president could not likely advance many of his top health agenda items — including lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to 60, expanding financial assistance for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and creating a "public option" government health plan.

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