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The Future of U.S. Public Health Is on the Ballot

California Residents Cast Ballots During Early Voting For U.S. Presidential Election
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

When Americans finish voting on Tuesday, they will have chosen between two radically different options for public health.

The rights and responsibilities of states and the federal government have preoccupied liberals and conservatives for decades. During the pandemic, President Donald Trump has left states to go their own ways on measures such as masks-wearing, social distancing and restrictions on schools and businesses.