Blog | Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election results

You may have heard already that the candidate who favors universal health care, Barack Obama, won the election. But there were some other, less-publicized votes on health issues decided yesterday.

In Michigan, voters supported medical marijuana by a huge margin (63% to 37%) as well as approving the expansion of stem-cell research (allowing researchers to use embryos that were created but not used for in-vitro fertilization).

Proposed abortion bans in Colorado and South Dakota were shot down, as was a parental notification proposal in California.

Washington state residents legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Under the referendum, physicians can prescribe, but not administer, lethal medication for patients who are not depressed and expected to live less than six months.

An Arizona proposal that would have made it illegal for the state to require people to have health insurance looks like it was narrowly defeated but the preliminary numbers are extremely close (867,101 no votes vs. 864,964 yeses, according to the Arizona Republic this morning).