Health Care Won in the November Elections!

The votes are in (although some are still being counted) and health care won!
Now we have to make sure promises made during the campaign are kept in 2019 and beyond.

 IN CONNECTICUT
Ned Lamont, who had the most fully developed position on health care of the three major candidates, was elected governor. In the course of the campaign, he pledged to:

  • protect patients’ rights, especially the rights of women and people with pre-existing conditions

  • lower costs, by using the state’s purchasing power to negotiate, increasing transparency in prescription drug pricing and making cost to consumers a consideration in insurance rate setting cases

  • expand access and reduce premiums on Access Health CT

  • continue the Medicaid expansion (HUSKY D) and oppose a work requirement in Medicaid

  • invest in public health

 More information on many of these positions are in the Lamont campaign health care plan and this article in CT Mirror.  

 Many health care champions will be returning to the state Senate and House of Representatives and newly elected members have also committed to working on health care.

 We need to seize this opportunity to build a strong health care system in Connecticut.

NATIONALLY
The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives will provide a check on efforts to dismantle Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
, although the Trump Administration remains committed to administrative changes to weaken these health care programs.

 Health care was at the forefront of many voters’ minds: 26 percent named it as the most important issue facing the country. Immigration was not far behind, with 23 percent naming it as the most important issue. https://www.apnews.com/222fd1571d744aec903604542eb11b70

 Medicaid expansion made big gains: Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voters passed ballot measures to expand Medicaid. Maine elected a Democratic governor who campaigned on implementing the previously approved ballot measure expanding Medicaid. Kansas and Wisconsin elected governors who support Medicaid expansion. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/fact-sheet/what-does-the-outcome-of-the-midterm-elections-mean-for-medicaid-expansion/

 “Democrats Won a Mandate on Health Care, How Will They Use It?” The answer in the article: stabilizing the ACA marketplace, protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, controlling prescription drug prices, investigating Trump administration actions that undermine the ACA. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/us/politics/health-care-democrats-congress.html

 Kathleen Sebelius, health secretary under Obama, told the AP she expects House Democrats to start designing a framework for covering all Americans and for that to be a major issue in 2020 elections. "One of the things this election clearly demonstrates is that health care for all is a unifying principle for the Democrats," she said. "We have been working toward that goal since 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were passed." https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/08/us/politics/ap-us-election-2018-health-care.html

Jane McNichol