Medicare will go bankrupt even faster because of a scheme insurance companies are using to make billions of dollars says Jim Abeler who is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican. Abeler, who has chaired the Minnesota House Health Policy and Finance Committee, says his opponents for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat lack the interest or understanding to tackle the problem revealed by a Center For Public Integrity investigation. The investigation alleges that insurance companies tell the government you're sicker than you really are, and then are able to charge more and make more profit.

Abler, who is running against Mike McFadden in the Republican primary says "silent Mike" has "no understanding" of the problem and current U.S. Senator Al Franken (D) has "no interest" in solving the problem. Abeler says the people who could do something about it have either been "bought off or scared off" by insurance companies. Abeler hinted that applied to President Barack Obama as well saying the President could force release of Medicare records with an executive order. The Center For Public Integrity says the data is being kept secret by the insurance companies.

The UpTake contacted McFadden's campaign for comment, but the campaign has not responded.

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