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AARP Labeled ‘Rascals’ for Targeting GOP on Healthcare

healthcare American medicineAARP is going after Republicans in a new ad campaign, but other organizations of people 50-plus think it’s “disgraceful” and simply a demonstration AARP is only looking out for its bottom line.

AARP has joined forces with other major organizations to launch a public tour imploring the Senate to scrap the American Health Care Act that was narrowly passed by the House of Representatives (those senators specifically targeted are identified below).

Under the American Health Care Act, AARP says insurers would be able to charge Americans ages 50 to 64 a significantly higher rate than younger consumers, something AARP calls an “age tax.” AARP says the AHCA would also eliminate the ban that prevents insurers from assessing higher rates on people with preexisting medical conditions. As a reuslt, AARP and its partners want the Senate to start fresh with new legislation that protects patients from losing affordable insurance coverage.

“Healthcare remains a deeply personal concern for American families, and together we must seek solutions that help make healthcare more affordable,” says AARP executive vice president Nancy LeaMond. “We’re pleased to join these groups and raise our voices to call on the Senate to move in a different direction so that we can improve healthcare for Americans.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is pushing its own healthcare plan. Still, AMAC founder Dan Weber does not agree with AARP’s methods.

“I think it’s disgraceful,” Weber tells OneNewsNow. “The only reason AARP is doing this is because they backed the original ObamaCare. Without AARP’s backing, original ObamaCare never would have passed – and as you know, Obamacare is a failure.”

Weber says there are still millions of people that have no insurance, years after the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., ObamaCare) took effect.

“We were supposed to cover everybody,” he continues. “In addition to premiums going sky high, in addition to many of us losing our healthcare, in addition to not being able to keep our doctor, in addition to all the broken promises, AARP is doing this because they know they made a mistake – and now this is some crazy way they’re trying to make up for it.”

AMAC’s Plan 1 seeks to “remove restrictions on Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to allow more people to use them as they see fit, return control of healthcare back to state and patient control, and drive down the costs of healthcare.”

“As healthcare reform is now in the Senate’s hands, AMAC will continue to work with Senate Leadership and the administration to make seniors’ voices heard and to hold Republicans accountable to deliver on their promises to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

In response to AARP’s efforts, Jim Martin of 60 Plus Association describes them as “rascals of the highest order.”

“Senator Alan Simpson [R-Wyoming] investigated them about 15 years ago for making excessive profits on the backs of seniors, and I think it’s time they [investigated] that again,” says Martin.

Martin says AARP has “cornered the market” on Medi-gap supplemental insurance plans and is fearful it may be left out of the plans for the American Health Care Act.

“They’re looking out for their financial bottom line, to the detriment of seniors,” he continues. “So when they talk about an age-tap on seniors, it’s hypocrisy at its worst.”

Martin acknowledges that 60 Plus “reluctantly” said the American Health Care Act is not the best plan going forward – “But we did say it’s a step in the right direction knowing that it was going to go to the Senate side,” he continues. “We are going to be talking to a bunch of Republican senators as they are right now looking at their own plan trying to come up with an improvement if you will.”

According to The Washington Examiner, AARP is targeting Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernest and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

OneNewsNow received the following statement from Senator Grassley:

“Senators have studied the House bill and listened to many interested individuals and groups and are now writing the Senate’s own bill. Senator Grassley will study the final Senate bill when it’s ready. The protection of people with pre-existing conditions, no lifetime or annual caps, and the protection of mental health parity are important to him as the discussion moves along. The need to help people facing the consequences of ObamaCare’s unaffordability and collapse is pressing. These people include the 72,000 Iowans who will have ObamaCare subsidies but nowhere to buy insurance through ObamaCare this fall.”

Groups partnering with AARP include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the March of Dimes.

From - One News Now - by Chris Woodward

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4 years ago

I FINALLY got AARP to stop sending me crap by cutting everything up in the envelope and sending it back in their return reply envelope. I saw what AARP was all about years before I even turned 50. It took a few times but I think they got the message finally. Haven’t seen anything for years! They don’t give a rip about seniors. They are an arm of the progressives.

Robert Carrero
4 years ago

AARP used American senories to get thier way and lied to us to use us for personal gain liers !

Bob Powell
4 years ago

I dropped my subscription to AARP when they supported Obamacare as well. The real problem with healthcare today is that Congress is “in bed” with the drug companies. The congressmen who are making money by accepting lobbyists money need to be identified so that we can vote them out of office. We are getting ripped-off by the people we elected to represent our interests and they are now representing their own interest. Get rid of them! Trump took no lobbyist money and is beholden to no one and the Congress does not like that and they too want him out because of that. He is our only real chance of breaking this vicious cycle that has continued for years. If Congress starts to see that the people are going to watch what they are doing more closely, they will start to pay attention to our needs.

Dan N
4 years ago

I guess I’m confused. I am in thought of not wanting any health care coverage. Any coverage supported by the government is gong to cost us and I’m pretty sure it is not going to have us at the top of the food chain. First it will be Governments hands in the cookie jar, then Insurance’s. Then special interest groups.
We would be better off, i think, that the Government would just issue that all, if not not all, then most employers must cover their employees. This would stop the surge to just employ part time help, as it would make no difference if they are FT or PT. And the increase enrollment would reduce the cost of coverage. Then mandate the Pharmaceuticals to cap the cost of meds.

Michael Salter
4 years ago

The fact that Groups partnering with AARP include the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Federation of American Hospitals should tell us all we need to know: a case of the foxes guarding the hen house. We’ll never get a decent system until the lobbyists are out on their ears. Remember President Obama said he was going to put the lobbyists out of business .. well that didn’t work out too well. Obamacare is the worst example of special interest groups getting their way. President Trump ran on a platform of draining the swamp. I hope he does and maybe we will start to see legislation for the people and not the special interest groups.

Maxine Hansen
4 years ago

AARP Stay out of this healthcare business , it’s not the American people you are looking out for , it’s your pocketbook. Obama care was a nightmare for those that signed up, and got nothing in return. Watch out or the 55 and older group will drop you like a hot potatoe. We elected Trump and like his changes
Go sit in the corner with the whining Democrats .

Martha C.
4 years ago

I literally just now emailed AARP to cancel my membership and gave them a nice hefty list of reasons why I’ve left the fold. I was offered a membership when I turned 50 last year, but really had no idea that they had this Leftist agenda at work.

Listening to Mark Levin on way home from work this week I heard him talk about AMAC vs. AARP. So glad to find a conservative group out to protect seniors and our interests. AARP can roll over and die as far as I’m concerned!

Jerry in Nebraska
4 years ago
Reply to  Martha C.

Yeah, I joined AARP when I turned 50 too, but after reading some of that “magazine” (propaganda) they sent me, I dropped them like a hot potato! That was about 14 years ago.

Fred A. Loe
4 years ago

I got to tell you when my internist dropped Medicare I dropped part B and I have been paying for tests thru his office without insurance and the care is very affordable to myself and those who take responsibility for their own health.Any one over 50 will necessarily pay more for insurance because we have given government and insurance companies complete disgression over our individual.Insurance companies are protected from antitrust, what you expect “mother Theresa” to watch over you?Insurance is like a credit card that someone(you and me) has payment for things to do with life style.Health savings accounts we each control.If you run out of money Medicaid and charity hospitals like my county I pay annual tax to support. I am a fan of training hospitals and catastrophic insurance.

4 years ago

I left AARP many years ago during the Clinton administration when Bill gave Hillary free reign to “develop” a health care plan that would be foisted on the American citizenry just exactly like Obamacare. I’m sure more than a few of you remember that fiasco. AARP backed the plan even though a large portion of it’s membership (I was one) wrote them and told them we did not want anything to do with this boondoggle. Wanna guess what the AARP leadership thought of our input? They IGNORED us! They backed this joke of a health care bill and lost quite a few of their members in the process. Thankfully the plan never gained traction but Obamacare sure has more than a passing resemblance to the Hillary plan?! It does look very familiar in many ways. Obviously AARP hasn’t changed any either.

Arnold Sidney
4 years ago

Obamacare was something I was initially in favor of but with all the hubbub about its cost, (from both parties) I investigated it’s feasibility. After I discovered its flaws and financial survivability to be non existent, I withdrew my support and later membership with this ‘hughest’ sponsor. When AARP continued sponsoring it in spite of the acknowledgment of its doomed – written failures, I questioned why. Now I know. Thanks.

Mary Altamitano
4 years ago

They go against the President at their own risk of not being reelected.

Dorothy Ayer
4 years ago

“Groups partnering with AARP include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the March of Dimes.”

This is a wake-up! Graft and corruption exposed! I will not give one penny to them again, either! Not surprisingly, the March of Dimes supports abortion on demand, also. I haven’t supported them for years. You wonder how many tentacles this thing has, anyway????? Power and money- that’s the key.

4 years ago

It’s sad to see how many senior’s are fooled thinking they are their advocates. Per Wikipedia; “With nearly 38 million members, AARP is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. According to AARP’s IRS annual return, Chief Executive Officer Addison B. Rand received $1,698,289 of salary and benefits in 2014 from AARP and its subsidiaries.” So whatever they support you can see if it benefits AARP and I don’t include the members in this, then they have a lot of pull.

Bauer Nancy
4 years ago

I to have belonged to AARP to buy United Healthcare Ins. I’ve read that UHC is being sued for millions of dollars for Medicare fraud. I’ll be switching to another insurance company. I have had AMAC for years for information in general. As others have stated, AARP is truly the right hand of extreme left. I like to leave comments on their articles recommending the views of AMAC. ?

Wayne C
4 years ago

Let’s not forget that the AARP was involved in the creation of the ACA, that we couldn’t read until it was passed
and supported the taking of $750,000,000.00 from the Social Security fund. The AARP is all about itself. This is a liberal organization who rips off the elderly and receives millions from the Federal Government. The people who run this organization are well paid and travel on the high side. I dropped AARP a long time ago, their comments have always been outrageous and self serving.

4 years ago

I belonged to aarp manu years ago before o became aware of how far to the left they were.i dropped my membership a long timr ago and refuse to have anything to do with them

Jane Langley
4 years ago

Will not renew my membership with AARP. Their political views are not the same as mine. I hope more conservative thinking members will do the same.

Lawrence Greenberg
4 years ago

I resigned from AARP in 2009 after they announced they were supporting Obamacare, even though it was already public knowledge that Obamacare was going to severely shortchange AARP’s membership of retirees and Medicare recipients. It was later discovered that AARP was literally paid off by the Obama Administration to support Obamacare. Their members are fools to remain members.

4 years ago

AARP has made millions from endorsing health insurance plans and/or companies. It is more interested in its bottom line than it is in affordable health care for its members and other seniors.

4 years ago

“Under the American Health Care Act, AARP says insurers would be able to charge Americans ages 50 to 64 a significantly higher rate than younger consumers, something AARP calls an “age tax.” ” Are you kidding me!!!!??? What on earth does AARP think happened with Obamacare? I HAD insurance until Obamacare passed and it does not allow catastrophic insurance unless you are under 30 years old. So at age 59 I was without any insurance (and still am until Medicare) because the premiums are so expensive that I can not afford insurance especially with a HUGE deductible! I have to wait for Medicare to find out what is wrong with me. Hopefully I can make it to then.

4 years ago
Reply to  Shar

Obama said he was going to get rid of catastrophic insurance. All he did was get rid of the name. That’s like removing the word “poverty” from the dictionary, and then claiming there is no more poverty in the US.

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