MHA Race of the Week
MHA’s Race Week series highlights the most important statewide races and ballot questions for the 2022 election. This series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including the candidates’ opinions and backgrounds.
The governor’s race is a critical decision for Michigan voters. The candidates for this election cycle are current Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Theodore Dixon. The Department of Home Affairs has worked extensively with Governor Whitmer throughout her first term and during her previous work in and around the Michigan legislature, while Dixon is a newcomer to Michigan politics. The two are scheduled to discuss October 13 from 7-8 p.m. in Grand Rapids. WOOD TV8 The debate will be broadcast and political reporter Rick Albin will be moderating.
Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer He is an attorney and has previously served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. MHA maintains a strong and positive working relationship with Whitmer as it has done throughout her years as an elected official. During her time in the Senate, Whitmer established herself as a health care champion through her work as the Senate minority leader to expand health care coverage through the Michigan Health Plan, an effort that the MHA and its member hospitals have advocated and continue to support. Governor Whitmer has continued this path in her executive role, leading the state through an extremely challenging time in health care with the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing behavioral health crisis. Whitmer’s running mate remains Garlin Gilchrist II, Detroit’s first director of innovation and emerging technology and a former software engineer at Microsoft. For more information visit gretchenwhitmer.com.
Theodore Dixon He is a former steel industry employee and conservative media activist. Dixon’s early career focused on industrial sales of heavy equipment in the agricultural, automotive, and energy sectors, among others. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Tudor left the steel industry to begin her media career. Dixon has worked with Lumen News, developing pro-American and pro-Constitution morning news programs for elementary school students. Dixon’s Executive Vice President is Shane Hernandez, a former Architectural Designer and Country Representative from Port Huron. Hernandez served as the allocation chair in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2019-2020. For more information visit tudordixon.com.
why does it matter
The outcome of the governance race will determine the future of health care in Michigan for the next four years, if not longer. Michigan’s governor plays an important role in the state’s health care policy. In addition to appointing key positions in state government, including department leaders and the state Medicaid administrator, the governor is responsible for setting the state budget each year, as well as ultimately deciding which bills become law. The governor also serves as the state’s advocate during health care deliberations in Washington, D.C., particularly when it comes to the future of Michigan’s health plan. Given that the ultimate mission of community hospitals in Michigan is to provide high-quality health care All Patients entering their doors, regardless of their ability to pay, the Department of Public Health encourages members to learn as much as possible about where each candidate stands in healthcare issues when deciding which candidate will be a true healthcare champion.
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