MHA Race of the Week - Michigan Governor
Posted on October 05, 2018
MHA RACE OF THE WEEK
The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2018. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.
THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE
The governor’s race is a critical decision for Michigan voters. Candidates for this election cycle are Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer. The MHA has worked extensively with both candidates during their previous work in and around the Michigan Legislature.
Gretchen Whitmer is an attorney and formerly served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. The MHA has maintained a strong, positive working relationship with Whitmer throughout her years as an elected official. During her time in the Senate, Whitmer established herself as a healthcare champion through her work as Senate minority leader to expand healthcare coverage through the Healthy Michigan Plan, an effort that was, and continues to be, fully supported by the MHA and its member hospitals. Whitmer’s running mate for lieutenant governor is Garlin Gilchrist II, the City of Detroit’s first-ever director of innovation and emerging technology and a former software engineer at Microsoft. For more information, visit gretchenwhitmer.com.
Bill Schuette is currently the attorney general of Michigan, a position he has held since 2010. He has also served as director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and as an elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. Like Whitmer, the MHA has also maintained a strong, positive working relationship with Schuette throughout his public service career. In addition, the association has worked closely with Schuette and his wife Cynthia for more than 20 years on the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fund drive created by the Schuettes to benefit Michigan food banks. Schuette’s running mate for lieutenant governor is Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a former state representative from Alto. For more information, visit billschuette.com.
WHY IT MATTERS
The outcome of the gubernatorial race will help shape Michigan’s healthcare future for the next four years, if not longer. Michigan’s next governor will play a critical role in the state’s healthcare policy. In addition to appointing key positions in state government, including department leaders and the state’s next Medicaid Director, the governor bears the responsibility of laying out the state budget each year, as well as ultimately deciding which bills become laws. The governor also serves as an advocate for the state during healthcare deliberations in Washington, D.C., particularly when it comes to the future of the Healthy Michigan Plan. Given that the ultimate mission of Michigan community hospitals is to provide high-quality healthcare to all patients who walk through their doors, regardless of ability to pay, the MHA encourages members to learn as much as possible about where each candidate stands on healthcare issues when determining which candidate will be a true healthcare champion.
For more election information and updates or to request Election 2018 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the MHA in talking about Election 2018 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.
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