The next election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. If you care about your health on a personal level, then it’s important to care about it on a political level. This election there are some critical issues at stake, and who you vote for may affect the future of core health-related programs. These include:
- Medicare funding and practices
- Health insurance, particularly the continuation of the Affordable Care Act
- Prescription drug prices
In addition to electing senators and representatives to Congress, there are many health-related issues on state ballots. Four states are trying to advance marijuana legalization: Michigan (adult use), North Dakota (adult use), Missouri (medical use), and Utah (medical use). Utah has an initiative that will expand health coverage to certain low-income residents; Maine has a ballot initiative that will offer free long-term home care and social services to those 65 and older, as well as to younger disabled people. Massachusetts has an initiative that will establish patient assignment limits for registered nurses working in hospitals.
Do you know where your federal, state and local candidates stand on these issues? If you care about any particular issues, be sure the person you are voting for shares your concerns. Visit their web site and read their statements. If they are up for reelection, check their voting record to see how they voted on issues that are important to you.
Not sure what you can trust? Check out these nonpartisan resources:
Please vote. Democracy depends on it. So does health care.