Health care was also on the ballot, and health care won ⋆ Michigan Advance

In November, millions of voters in the red, blue, and purple states voted on the future of our health care directly on the ballot. and US Senator Warnock He ran his re-election campaign and the second round in health care. Healthcare won decisively.

The voters decided expand Medicaid in South Dakota, which means more than 40,000 low-income South Dakotans will finally have the health care they should have had years ago. More than 17 million Americans gained health coverage as a result of the Medicaid expansion, part of the Affordable Care Act that became optional as a result of a 2012 Supreme Court decision. health care expansion through Medicaid is on the ballot, health care wins.

In Arizona, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 209the Predatory Debt Collection Law, with a huge 72% approval. This measure will protect Arizonans from abusive debt collection, including families with medical debt.

Voters in states as varied as Michigan, Vermont, California, Kentucky and Montana supported the right to abortion. In Michigan, Vermont, and California, voters approved a ballot measure enshrining abortion rights in their state constitutions. In Kentucky and Montana, voters have rejected initiatives to restrict access to reproductive health care.

And in Oregon, Approved Measure 111. Voters there made Oregon the first state in the nation to guarantee affordable health care as a constitutional right, which now the state legislature must comply.

Health care was on the ballot across the country, and the results are clear: Americans want affordable and accessible health care.

This topic is personal to me, because I have been on the front lines fighting for my health care and for the health care of 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions like me. I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2017. The day after my first chemotherapy treatment, Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the insurance that pays for treatments what he needed to survive. But health care voters fought to defend the Affordable Care Act from a Congress and a president determined to repeal it. We won.

And in the last two years, health care voters have finally seen progress from Congress: With the American Bailout doing health insurance more affordable than everand the Inflation Reduction Law reduce prescription drug costs for seniors and allow Medicare to finally negotiate drug prices. However, already those profits are under attack.

Whether voting to expand health insurance through Medicaid, protect families from medical debt, preserve the right to reproductive freedom, or guarantee health care as a human right, Americans have come forward and made their priorities known. Health care is a winning issue, regardless of the voter’s state or political party.

Voters in South Dakota and elsewhere also demonstrated that state legislatures are blocking overwhelmingly popular legislation. It is time that the representatives in the the remaining eleven remaining states to do his job and represent the interests of his constituents by finally expanding Medicaid so that low-income Americans can also get health care.

It’s also time for Congress to get involved and work to extend lower drug prices to everyone, instead of threatening to take away what he earned in affordable prescription drugs we made through the Inflation Reduction Act.

And once again, we are reminded that the majority of Americans support access to affordable, legal and accessible abortion. Abortion is health care. We must continue to advocate for reproductive freedom and show our elected officials that their restrictions on our bodies are unjustified and unwelcome.

Our fight for affordable and accessible healthcare continues. There is much more to do, from addressing prescription drug costs for the rest of us without Medicare, to ensuring lower health insurance costs to ensure care is accessible to all.

Voters want health care. Listen up, elected officials.

This comment was first published in Common Dreams.

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