Republican Senate candidate “Rand Paul raised the idea Sunday that wealthier people like his opponent, the co-owner of a Kentucky Derby horse, should pay more for Medicare coverage,” the AP reports.
Paul also warned in a speech in his hometown that unless the U.S. starts dealing with its mounting debt, it could eventually face the same chaos that erupted in Greece when violent protests rocked that debt-plagued country.
Paul said his Democratic opponent Jack Conway has ducked serious discussions about shoring up entitlement programs facing mounting financial strain as baby boomers retire and live longer. He also accused Conway of vilifying him in television ads showing clips of Paul once seeming to tout the idea of a $2,000 Medicare deductible.
In his speech to supporters at the picnic, the tea party-backed Paul delved into the Medicare issue by floating the notion that wealthier people cover more of their expenses.
"If you own a racehorse like my opponent, or if you’re Bill Gates, do you think maybe you should spend more and pay more for the cost of Medicare?" Paul said, adding that taxes won’t adequately cover Medicare costs.