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Health care politics Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former Detroit health director running in a three-candidate primary, wants to place residents with private health insurance or Medicaid into a single-payer system. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A Democrat running for governor in Michigan is supporting a tax increase to pay for a statewide government-run health-care system, going further than his party’s candidates in other parts of the country who are also calling for expanded coverage.

Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former Detroit health director running in a three-candidate Aug. 7 primary, has unveiled a detailed plan that seeks to place residents with private health insurance or Medicaid into a single-payer system run by Michigan. Recent polls show El-Sayed in third place among Democrats in the primary.

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