SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland of South Dakota is promoting the idea of allowing people of any age to buy into Medicare.
Republicans running for the U.S. Senate want to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
Weiland believes the Affordable Care Act is flawed. But he thinks people of any age should be allowed to buy into Medicare, which generally is open only to people 65 and older, as an alternative to private health insurance.
Weiland says people understand Medicare, and the program works and is efficient.
But Republicans say Weiland’s proposal would force 100 million workers off private insurance and into a government plan.