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Gavin Newsom sailed to victory with help from supporters who are backing him because he champions a single-payer future for California. But the opposition to the model remains stiff.
Exit polls indicate that health care was a top issue for Californians, as well as most other voters around the country. And Democrats’ ability to win back a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is seen by many as a political reversal of fortunes for the Affordable Care Act.
“When it comes to health care, all politics is personal,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said of her decision to focus on the issue. In many of the most hotly contested House districts in this year midterms, health care was cited as the top issue for many voters, and the issue most likely to come up in campaign ads.
Medicare, Medicaid, preexisting conditions, high prescription drug costs: These buzz words are not likely to go away once the election-day dust settles. But what are the chances that the two chambers can find a common path forward. News outlets examine whether anything can get done in the wake of this split decision.
Democrats are hammering congressional Republicans who supported upending the Affordable Care Act, which guaranteed that people with medical problems could get coverage. GOP candidates and President Donald Trump vow that they would not take that away from patients, but they have not offered any plan.
Analysts credit the improved coverage rates to the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Latinos are the only group that still shows a significant disparity to other ethnic groups. And, now that the health law marketplaces are open for business, news outlets detail what’s different this year and offer consumers advice.
In California, the ongoing vaccination debate is influencing the state Senate race in District 6. And the dialysis ballot initiative is being watched nationally.
Once again, all eyes are on the federal health law’s exchanges to see how major changes instituted by Republicans will affect enrollment. In some areas, California is bucking those trends, as the state has allocated funds for outreach efforts, and short-term plans will not be offered under Covered California.
National news outlets report on moves from the federal government.
The pharmaceutical industry is bracing for what may come if Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) takes over leadership. “Democrats have made real action to lower prescription drug prices central” to the party’s campaign strategy. “It will be one of our first legislative priorities in the majority,” she tells Stat. And more news is reported on California’s propositions 4 and 1.