Michigan gubernatorial candidate bets on single-payer health care
The plan comes as single-payer insurance, an issue once confined to the fringes of the left, moves into the mainstream of the Democratic Party.
By Sahil Kapur|June 07, 2018 at 10:55 AM
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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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