The lone South Dakota Democrat running for the state's open U.S. Senate seat wants to expand Medicare for everyone.
Rick Weiland said Tuesday that he will propose an expansion of Medicare for all ages if he is elected in November. Weiland says his 'Medicare Choice Act' would provide a true public option for health insurance in the country.
Weiland says when he worked as the state director of AARP, seniors couldn't wait to receive Medicare coverage.
"I couldn't get a single South Dakotan 65 years of age or older who was on Medicare who was willing to give up their Medicare for private insurance," Weiland said during a news conference Tuesday.
Weiland says Medicare would compete with private health insurance and be available as one of the options for coverage in the health care exchange.