Moseley Braun Ends Democratic Presidential Campaign, Endorses Dean
Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) on Thursday announced that she will end her campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination and endorse former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), the New York Times reports. Her position on health care, one of her "signature issues," will "mesh easily with Dean's message," according to the Times (Wilgoren, New York Times, 1/16). Moseley Braun supported a single-payer, universal health care proposal that would provide coverage for the uninsured and prescription drug coverage for seniors. The proposal would combine different payment systems, such as Medicare and Medicaid, to reduce bureaucracy in the health care system (California Healthline, 9/23/03). Individuals close to Moseley Braun said that "she imagines herself as secretary of education or health and human services in a Dean administration," but aides to both politicians said that Dean made no promises to Moseley Braun in exchange for her endorsement, the Times reports (New York Times, 1/16). NPR's "All Things Considered" on Thursday reported on the decision of Moseley Braun. The segment also reported on television advertisements aired by Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa that address health care issues (McChesney, "All Things Considered," NPR, 1/15). The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.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.