Spotlight: Doctored Get-Out-the-Vote campaign

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Wisconsin health care systems are now getting into the business of getting out the vote, pushing their “equity” agenda further to encourage “Patients most marginalized in our health system, young, low-income, patients of color” to get to the polls.

The so-called Vot-ER  campaign, like the city of Milwaukee’s questionable GOTV drive, appears to be legal, but is it ethical? While the initiative bills itself as “non-partisan,” it is extensively aimed at traditional Democrat voters. And the campaign raises an important question: Should health care providers be involved in elections?

UW Health, the not-for-profit integrated health care system of the taxpayer-funded University of Wisconsin-Madison, clearly believes the answer is yes. And political engagement in the name of “healing our broken health system one vote at a time” should begin as early as possible, according to the leaders of the GOTV campaign.

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