MHA Evaluating 2018 General Election Results
Posted on November 07, 2018
Midterm elections are finally over, but the MHA is just beginning to evaluate the impact of the results and how the new administration and legislators will affect healthcare in Michigan. The association is, however, certain that Election 2018 will bring significant change to Lansing and Washington, DC. The MHA issued a media statement regarding the election results the morning of Nov. 7. Below is a snapshot of the key election results:
- Megan Cavanaugh, nominated by Democrats, unseated sitting Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurt Wilder, a Republican nominee. Justice Elizabeth Clement maintained her seat. Republican-nominated justices still hold a 4-3 majority on the court.
- Democrats swept all of the statewide offices: Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s new governor, Jocelyn Benson will become secretary of state, and Dana Nessel will become state attorney general.
- All ballot proposals, Proposals 1 through 3, passed. The proposals will, respectively, legalize recreational marijuana for adults; create a bipartisan commission to draw legislative districts rather than allowing sitting legislative bodies to do so; and allow for same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration during vehicle registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight-ticket voting for Michiganders.
- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow defeated Republican challenger John James.
- In the U.S. Congress, Rep. Mike Bishop lost in the 8th congressional district to Democratic challenger Elissa Slotkin, and Haley Stevens (D) defeated Lena Epstein (R) in the 11th district (vacated by Rep. Dave Trott). Democrats Andy Levin in the 9th Congressional District and Rashida Tlaib in the 13th join Slotkin and Stevens as new members in Congress. The Michigan delegation is now evenly split, with seven Democrats and seven Republicans. On a related note, Rep. Fred Upton (R) survived a very tough challenge and a close race.
- The Democrats took control of the U.S. House by picking up at least 26 seats. The Republicans continue to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.
- The state Senate is now more closely balanced, with 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats. The Democrats won five seats currently held by Republicans and two incumbents lost: Sens. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) and Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy).
- The state House is also more closely balanced, with 58 Republicans and 52 Democrats. The Democrats saw a net gain of five seats, including a loss by incumbent Rep. Jeff Noble (R-Plymouth). The Democrats lost the seat being vacated by Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) due to term limits.
Overall, these results look positive for the hospital and healthcare community looking into 2019. In the coming days and weeks, the MHA will be working closely with the Whitmer administration transition team to ensure a strong working relationship on key issues like Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements, auto no-fault insurance reform, rural and behavioral health access and more. The Whitmer healthcare platform has indicated that she is seeking strong solutions and protections for patients on these matters, and the MHA and its membership look forward to being a key part of those discussions.
In addition, the MHA is working with a group of varied stakeholders to host the Building Bridges new legislator orientation program in December. This event provides new lawmakers with education about key issues they will face once sworn in: healthcare, the economy and business issues, and more. The MHA will also be hosting a reception for newly sworn-in legislators at its Capitol Advocacy Center Jan. 9.
For links to all election results, ballot proposals and more, visit the MHA Elections webpage. Members with questions should contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.
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