The American Health Care Association (AHCA), Washington, a group for long-term care (LTC) providers, got Mitt Romney to sit down to talk briefly about his views on the future of government benefits for retirees.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and the founder of Bain Capital, Boston, says he thinks the United States has to keep the benefits it has promised retirees and near retirees the same.

“The question is, long-term, what promises should we be making to people in their 20s and 30s and 40s and 50s today,” Romney told the AHCA.

Romney said he wants to raise the retirement age a year or two and to give retirees a choice between taking the traditional version of Medicare and a private plan.