Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), after three terms in the Senate, said he won't seek re-election in 2004. Breaux, 59, was instrumental in writing and passing the Medicare reform bill that became law this month. One of two Democrats who participated in congressional negotiations to complete the bill, Breaux has long been active in health policy. In 1999 he co-chaired the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, which developed a proposal to bring more seniors into private-sector health plans, a centerpiece of the legislation President Bush signed Dec. 8. A centrist Democrat who often sided with Republicans, Breaux will serve the remainder of his term. -- by Jeff Tieman
Healthcare activist Breaux to end Senate career
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