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Michigan Democrat Bets Governor’s Race on Universal Health Care

  • Candidate Abdul El-Sayed calls for higher taxes to cover costs
  • El-Sayed is one of three Democrats in August primary contest

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, said he’ll unveil a detailed plan Wednesday 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.