The next Administration will face a much greater challenge: Ensuring that Americans live longer lives in good health. If they don't, the cost to the nation will be astronomical, given heavy reliance on Medicare for older Americans and the sad fact that Americans younger than 50 are sicker than people in other wealthy nations.
Unwise austerity policies, including the spending caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and mandatory cuts from sequestration, have damaged significantly the scientific community, threatened American leadership in innovation and possibly delayed the development of treatments that patients' lives depend on.
If you want to know what the future would look like under an all-GOP Congress, you need only look at what Republicans have said and done in the past. They will take a meat ax to our nation's top domestic priorities, including the very public health systems that we rely upon to keep us safe. We cannot let that happen.