According to the exit polls, the biggest issue in the 2018 elections was health care. A full 40 percent of Americans identified health care as their prime concern; by contrast, the second-ranking issue, immigration, lagged 17 points behind. Indeed, a nationwide map of political advertising this year showed that health care was the hottest topic. Moreover, if we examine the very specific choices on healthcare policy made by the voters in a half-dozen states, we can see even better the power of the issue. In four states, the expansion of Medicaid, yea or nay, was on the ballot, and in three of those states—Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah—the ayes had it. (Montana voted no.) In addition, in two other states, Kansas and Maine, the voters replaced Republican governors who had opposed Medicaid expansion with Democratic governors who support it.Interestingly, this idea of Medicaid expansion traces back to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare. Under the … [Read more...] about Pinkerton — Midterm Voters Send a Message on Health Care: Put Americans First
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Cooper University Health Care will boost the minimum wage for workers to $15 per hour, the health system announced on Tuesday. The new wage policy will take effect on January 1 and benefit all full-time, part-time and per-diem employees. About 10 percent of the Camden-based Cooper's 7,500 employees will see their wages boosted to the new minimum, officials said.Cooper will become the first health system in New Jersey to pay a $15 hourly wage, which equates to a $31,200 annual salary for full-time employees. All other employee benefits and compensation will remain the same. George E. Norcross III, chairman of Cooper's board of trustees, released a statement saying Cooper had "an absolute obligation" to "do the right thing" as the largest employer in Camden County. The policy mostly will impact patient service representatives, food and nutrition staffers, and critical care technicians, among other employees. Of the 750-or-so employees affected by the policy, about 450 live in Camden … [Read more...] about Cooper University Health Care boosts minimum wage to $15
From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge in more states, Democrats nearly doubled the number of places where they will wield a trifecta of power over the governor's office and both chambers of the state legislature. Democrats also broke up several Republican strongholds, forcing GOP lawmakers who have been cutting taxes and curbing union powers to deal with a new reality of a Democratic governor. All told, Democrats gained seats in 62 of the 99 partisan state legislative chambers, according to data provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures (Nebraska is the lone state with a single, nonpartisan chamber). Democrats also added seven new governorships. In New York, where a new … [Read more...] about Democratic wins could mean state action on health care, guns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off the GOP’s loss of the House, President Donald Trump is fudging the success of a “booming” economy and overstating the impact of his campaigning on the midterm elections. He suggested that every Republican congressional candidate for whom he paid a visit to their state to rally voters prevailed on Election Day. That’s not true. Several of his favorites in closely contested Senate and House races lost Tuesday, in some cases after Trump held multiple rallies on their behalf. On the economy, Trump asserted that U.S. growth under his watch has been unprecedented. In fact, it was surpassed just four years ago during the Obama administration. He also minimized the trade threat from China and claims a U.S. steel industry renaissance that isn’t really happening. And speaking before Veterans Day, Trump claimed premature success in achieving “more for the vets than any president,” citing an expanded health care program … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump on GOP wins, economy, health care
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Supported by ByRobert Pear Nov. 10, 2018 WASHINGTON — After House Democrats’ election triumph, Nancy Pelosi’s appraisal was clear: “Health care was on the ballot, and health care won.” But how do Democrats intend to use the power they won? The top priorities for Ms. Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, and her party’s new House majority include stabilizing the Affordable Care Act marketplace, controlling prescription drug prices and investigating Trump administration actions that undermine the health care law. Administration officials who have tried to undo the Affordable Care Act — first by legislation, then by regulation — will find themselves on the defensive, spending far more time answering questions and demands from Congress. House Democrats plan to hold early votes on proposals … [Read more...] about Democrats Won a Mandate on Health Care. How Will They Use It?