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Weiland: Medicare Should Be Available To All

Weiland: Medicare Should Be Available To All

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland says Medicare is efficient and well-liked by people 65 and older, and he’d like to open the government-run program to all Americans.

The sole Democrat running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tim Johnson says his Medicare Choice Act proposal would offer anyone of any age the opportunity to buy health insurance from Medicare.

Weiland says the act would change the behavior of private insurers by creating a true public-private competition. He says that expanding the pool of insured to younger, healthier Americans would strengthen the current system.

The proposal also would require that Medicare negotiate with drug companies to get the best possible prescription prices.

Many of Weiland’s Republican opponents say they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

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