Health Care Heats Up the Midterms

Health care took top billing in yesterday’s midterm elections—41% of Americans said it was the most important issue on the ballot, beating out the economy and immigration, according to exit polls.
 
As results roll in, NBC News has projected that 3 red states—Utah, Nebraska and Idaho—will approve ballot measures expanding Medicaid. The decisions stand to extend federal health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands more low-income Americans.
 
Democrats lost ground in the Senate, but took the House of Representatives back. A wave of winning candidates with scientific backgrounds helped nab the majority. They include nuclear engineer Elaine Luria, registered nurse Lauren Underwood and clean-energy entrepreneur Sean Casten.

This new majority will likely embolden Democrats to launch congressional hearings probing the science behind President Trump’s walk-back of environmental policies, Nature reported.

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