Briana Mezuk, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, as well as the co-director of the University’s Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. In this opinion piece, she asks us to consider the impact that the November election will have on the health of older adults in the United States, especially in light of the current pandemic.
In about a month, this country will vote on 11 governors, 35 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. House of Representative seats, and, of course, our President and Vice President.
These elections, as with all elections, will have consequences for healthcare policy and regulation. There is undoubtedly truth in the statement that “All politics is local,” but we are living through the limitations of that approach when it comes to political actors managing the spread of an infectious disease that has