MHA Race of the Week – U.S. Senate
Posted on October 12, 2018
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.
This week’s MHA Race of the Week highlights the U.S. Senate race between Michigan’s Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican John James. Like all states, Michigan is represented by two senators in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, which, along with the U.S. House of Representatives, serve as the nation’s legislative body. In addition to lawmaking duties, the Senate is responsible for the ratification of treaties and the confirmation of Cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court justices, federal judges and other executive officials, and ambassadors, among others. Michigan’s other Senate seat is held by Sen. Gary Peters and is not up for election this year.
Stabenow was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, following her service as an elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Michigan Legislature and county-level politics. She became Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator upon the retirement of Carl Levin. She is known for her bipartisan leadership on a variety of healthcare issues, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (known in Michigan as MI Child), community health centers, Medicare and behavioral health initiatives. For more information, visit debbiestabenow.com.
James is currently president of a family-owned business, James Group International. He is a graduate of West Point and served for eight years as a Ranger-qualified aviation officer in the U.S. Army. This is his first time running for elected office. For more information, visit johnjamesforsenate.com.
WHY IT MATTERS
Collectively, Congress is responsible for a number of lawmaking and budgetary decisions critical to Michigan’s healthcare community and residents. In addition to setting the course on federal funding that impacts Michigan’s Medicare and Medicaid populations, among other issues, Congress is responsible for making policy decisions that can vastly impact the delivery and access to healthcare in the state, as exhibited recently through the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Due to the major financial and policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., Michigan relies on its federal officials to advocate and protect the needs of state residents, which is why electing healthcare champions to federal offices is so important.
The MHA and the American Hospital Association have been significant supporters of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. She is a healthcare champion who strives to protect healthcare access for Michigan residents.
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