6th District candidates focused on health care

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Voters will decide on dozens of races for officers all over West Michigan and statewide on Nov. 6.

Those who live in southwest Michigan will be voting on the 6th Congressional District.

Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, is running for re-election in this district, which is comprised of Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.

Democrat Matt Longjohn is challenging the 16-term incumbent. Both candidates have spoken on promoting bipartisanship during their campaigns.

Longjohn has spent his career in health care and that is a major reason he is running.

"I am supporting a universal healthcare platform, and I don't know that that means single-payer. As someone who has been involved in Medicare reform, I'm one of the few people in the country who's already successfully expanded Medicare. I believe that the path to better care for American's is through Medicare expansion,” he said.

Health care is also a major focus for Upton. He believes his 21st Century Cures bill will allow faster approval and the ability to find cures far sooner than without it.

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