CEO Report: MI Vote Matters
Posted on September 12, 2018
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” – Abraham Lincoln
Following August’s primary election and party conventions, the November ballot has been finalized. As we approach Election Day Nov. 6, the stakes are extraordinarily high.
Due to term limits, an entirely new leadership structure will be welcomed in 2019. This November, we will be selecting a new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. With a high volume of open seats in both the state Senate (28 seats) and the House (44 seats), as well as two Michigan Supreme Court seats up for re-election, the makeup of these respective bodies will change significantly – including a new Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House.
At the federal level, each of Michigan’s 14 congressional seats will be decided, plus a U.S. Senate seat. Add this all up and I do not have to tell you how crucial this election will be in preserving the programs and policies that ensure healthier communities across Michigan.
Entering the MHA’s 2018-2019 program year, we will be working closely with our newly elected lawmakers and new administration on many key issues, including:
To those who supported the MHA’s HealthPAC campaign this year – thank you! This is a critical element of our advocacy platform, as it allows us to support healthcare champions. Because advocacy is not a spectator sport, I also highly recommend that you encourage the employees, volunteers, trustees and others within your hospital or health system to fully engage in this year’s election cycle. To best equip our members, the MHA has compiled a series of nonpartisan communication tools designed to encourage voter education and participation. Included on the MHA Elections webpage is a list of candidates, descriptions of ballot proposals and more.
Following the election, the MHA will again co-lead Building Bridges, a bipartisan retreat for new legislators focused on building relationships and skills necessary for governing. Scheduled for this December, the MHA will focus on providing education on the important healthcare issues facing our hospitals and communities.
You have our full commitment that the MHA will continue to advocate on your behalf to ensure a healthier future for our state. As always, I welcome your thoughts.
P.S. The MHA is again sponsoring and participating in the Michigan Harvest Gathering. If you have not done so already, I encourage your hospital and/or health system to join the MHA in support of the campaign as we seek to reach the MHG total campaign goal of 2 million meals. Simply complete a project leader designation form to join the MHA in our support of the campaign.
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