What’s at stake in the election: access to health care, abortion, drug pricing

Tuesday’s midterm elections will have far-reaching health care implications for all Americans, with issues such as abortion access, public health investments, Medicaid, fentanyl, vaping, marijuana, and more.

Stat: Health and science are on the ballot this election. Here’s what we’re looking at

This year’s midterm elections are focused on important issues: the economy is looming, as is the existential future of democracy. But there are also plenty of health and science priorities on the ballot, as Tuesday’s vote will chart the course for the future of health care access, affordability and public health overall. (11/7)

The Boston Globe: Here are the many ways abortion is being voted on across the country on Tuesday

Michigan’s amendment is one of many ways abortion is on the ballot in Tuesday’s statewide election. The Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade and its nearly five-decade-old guarantee of a federal abortion right put the issue back in the hands of the states. It also made abortion central to the midterm elections. The abortion rights landscape is now a patchwork of state laws that could be directly or indirectly changed by voters at the polls in the first major election since the decision. (Villa Huerta and Coan, 11/6)

ABC News: How abortion rights advocates say midterm elections could affect access in Arizona

Abortion rights advocates in Arizona have been proposing confusing abortion laws in the state for months. Now, those advocates say the midterm elections are critical in determining abortion access in the state. Arizona abortion providers have been living in “legal limbo” since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, abortion rights advocates say. (Guilfoil, 11/7)

Los Angeles Times: Democrats Rally in Long Beach for Proposition 1 Abortion Rights Measure

California’s top Democrats gathered in Long Beach Sunday morning to urge voters to support Proposition 1, an amendment to the state constitution that would block the passage of any state measures restricting access to abortion or contraception. (Raney, 11/6)

Politico: ‘Republicans abandoned me’: Meet Dobbs’ Michigan voters

In one state, the fight over abortion rights has made Election Day particularly unpredictable: Michigan, which has both a high-stakes abortion rights referendum and a gubernatorial race where abortion has become central. POLITICO spoke with nine voters across the state who were prompted by the issue to vote or engage in politics in a whole new way. Some of them have changed parties; some are engaging in serious activism for the first time; some are voting for the first time. (Holstein, 11/4)

KHN: Election campaigners want Latinos to know that voting is good for their health

Jonathan Flores spent a sunny Saturday in late October knocking on the doors of registered voters in this predominantly Hispanic, working-class city in southeast Los Angeles County. Most people weren’t home or didn’t come to the door. Some of those who did expressed strong opinions about Joe Biden and Donald Trump and expressed interest in abortion rights and clean air initiatives on the California ballot for the Nov. 8 election. One young man rejected Flores, saying he doubted his vote would be counted. Like the other campaigners sent out that day by AltaMed Health Services Corp., a large chain of community clinics, Flores wore a black baseball cap and a T-shirt that said “My Voice. My health.” Underneath it read the same in Spanish, “Mi Voto. Mi Salud. His mission was to urge residents to vote, even if they had never voted, so they could be fairly represented at City Hall, Sacramento and beyond. (Wolfson, 11/7)

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