Democrat Moseley Braun Formally Launches 2004 Presidential Campaign
Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) on Monday at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and later at events in Columbia, S.C., and Chicago, formally announced that she will seek the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination and renewed her call for a single-payer health care system in the United States, the Washington Post reports (Walsh, Washington Post, 9/23). Moseley Braun has said that that this fall she plans to introduce a health care proposal based on the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program that would provide coverage for the uninsured and prescription drug coverage for seniors. She has said that the proposal would provide nonemployer-based health insurance because many U.S. residents are unemployed, self-employed or work for small businesses where they cannot obtain coverage. According to Moseley Braun, the proposal would combine different payment systems, such as Medicare and Medicaid, to reduce bureaucracy in the health care system. Moseley Braun has said that she would raise the income tax and eliminate some employment taxes, such as the Medicare payroll tax, to cover the cost (California Healthline, 6/4).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.