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  • What Hudge and Gudge Got From ACA Obamacare

    02/06/2016 8:32:33 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Freep | 2/6/2016 | CharlesOConnell
    Chesterton's Hudge, Big Govt, postures mightily against Gudge, Big Biz, but when it's time to talk turkey, they are both very well mannered, civil gentlemen. Koch Bros are tiny minnows compared with Wall St. whales who support Dems. Ken Blackwell bemoans the fact that the Affordable Care Act has resulted in the diametic opposite of its stated intentions: "a plan that was supposed to mend our nation's fractured healthcare system has driven up healthcare costs, decreased market competition, and ultimately harmed patients." And your point is? The function of a quasi-governmental cartel/monopoly is not to benefit consumers. It is to...
  • Marco Rubio has killed ObamaCare

    11/20/2015 7:47:05 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 26 replies ^ | 11/20/15 | Ed Lasky
    Marco Rubio conceived and pushed a plan that will all but kill ObamaCare -- and he did it years ago. Thank you. United Health Care, the nation’s largest HMO, delivered bad news to shareholders but good news for ObamaCare opponents yesterday. The company announced their earnings would take a big hit since ObamaCare and the associated marketplaces have not delivered the customers and the profits that starry-eyed fabulists had projected years ago. People are not signing up in droves as Barack Obama and all the Democrats and journalists who peddled ObamaCare promised. Expenses are sky-high because among those people who...
  • Stocks panic as United Healthcare merely THINKS about dropping out of Obamacare.

    11/19/2015 9:32:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 20 replies
    Redstate ^ | November 19th, 2015 | Moe Lane
    The very short version: United HealthCare is the biggest health care insurance provider in the country (something like 70 million people, apparently). It is huge, it is influential, it is weighty. And UHC took a $425 million dollar haircut last year in the Obamacare exchanges, so now it’s thinking of stopping selling on the exchange by the end of next year. Note that UHC did not say that they would, merely that they might. They did this at a shareholders’ meeting, too; which suggests that a large part of that might have been due to UHC’s awareness that people were...
  • AARP: The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall

    06/08/2015 1:18:58 PM PDT · by Rona Badger · 39 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | June 8, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Why are people still joining AARP? Their name has crept into our national vocabulary. This is no accident. It baffles the mind how their massive propaganda machine has brainwashed Americas senior masses (eligibility age now dropped to 50!) into forking over their hard earnedand retirementmoney to one of Americas biggest public charities whose primary beneficiaries are themselves. We plan to peel back as many of these layers of disguise as we possibly can. Our intent is to expose a skillful scheme which is decades old and stronger than ever today. AARP is a sophisticated organization with billions in total assets....
  • How a Secretive Spider Web is the Key to the Bank of Medical Care

    05/18/2015 3:33:02 PM PDT · by Rona Badger · 7 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | May 18, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Market-based competition is usually the primary incentive for most industries but thats not the case when it comes to healthcare nowadays. Can we trust the government to oversee the quality, cost and access to healthcare? They have mistakenly doled out that responsibility since 1965 to the Joint Commission, a consultant firm immune from paying taxes. The JC today is an over-sized conglomeration thats become the end-all in determining the excellence and value of our hospitals at home and abroad. They hold the key to a bank turning over nearly $4 trillion dollars a year. Where will this speeding train stop?...
  • Tax-Exempt Medical Vampires Dispense Poison Pills

    05/12/2015 11:31:31 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 3 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | May 12, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Ladies and Gentlemen, a little history is appropriate for those of you who have not been following the tragic murder of my son at Bumrungrad International Hospital in 2006. A three year investigation led me back to the United States where I was amazed to see what a tangled web the corporate medical mafia has spun at the expense of the people who, at the start of our democracy, delegated rights to the government to protect and preserve liberty, freedom and justice. It was a republicwhich has now mostly been bought and sold into oblivionand is still called a democracy...
  • What the News Isnt Saying About Vaccine-Autism Studies ( Sharyl Attkisson )

    04/25/2015 6:37:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 117 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | April 25, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A new study this week found no link between vaccines and autism. It instantly made headlines on TV news and popular media everywhere. Many billed it as the final word, once again, disproving the notion that vaccines could have anything to do with autism. What you didnt learn on the news was that the study was from a consulting firm that lists major vaccine makers among its clients: The Lewin Group. That potential conflict of interest was not disclosed in the paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine; the study authors simply declare The Lewin Group operates with...
  • The Covert Relationship between AARP and UnitedHealth Group Now Out of the Bag

    04/21/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 19 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | April 20, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Many doctors are blacklisted and now deemed personae non gratae. Since I revealed the covert relationship between AARP and UnitedHealth Group in my article on 16 October 2012, the duo has now proudly and publicly announced their badly kept secret. Who AARP really is and what drives UnitedHealth Group is a dirty story the public needs to know. AARP derives over 80 percent of its revenue from commissions/royalties from the sale of UnitedHealthcare Group products. This cozy relationship by these fascinating bed mates is being litigated in Texasin a class action suit, no lessby Dr. John Milton Peacock and Robbie...
  • Obama to announce retirement account change

    02/23/2015 11:39:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies (South Carolina) ^ | 02/23/2015 | Lesley Clark
    <p>President Barack Obama speaks in Washington. Obama will call on the Department of Labor to develop a rule that would require retirement advisers to abide by a fiduciary standard -- mandating that they put their clients interest ahead of making a profit.</p>
  • Your retirement savings: Obama proposal

    02/23/2015 9:43:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 11:09 AM EST | Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans retirement accounts, reigniting a confrontation with the financial services industry over rules affecting trillions of dollars in 401K and other savings accounts. The change would put brokerswho sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investmentsunder the stricter requirements for registered financial advisers when they handle clients retirement accounts. In a long-anticipated move, the Labor Department is making the proposal Monday to the White House Budget Office. After an internal review, it likely will be put out for public comment for several months. Obama was scheduled to address the AARP...
  • Massive Data Breach At Health Insurer Anthem Reveals Social Security Numbers And More

    02/05/2015 5:38:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-5-15
    Today, Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in America revealed that hackers broke into the companys servers and stole social security numbers and other personal information. This is a massive data breach with the potential to expose the information of nearly 80 million Anthem customers and has the potential to be the largest health care related data breach in history. The company notes that accounts associated with Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare were all part of...
  • Dems push automatic IRA bill

    01/24/2015 9:57:28 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/22/2015 | Bernie Becker
    Congressional Democrats are pushing a new bill to make it easier for workers to sock money away in retirement accounts. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said Thursday that they were introducing legislation that would set up automatic payroll deductions for contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • Fewer Struggle With Medical Costs as Obamacare Expands Coverage

    01/15/2015 12:50:54 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 37 replies
    AARP (AP) ^ | January 15, 2015 19:11 GMT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON (AP) Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obamas health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday. The Commonwealth Funds biennial health insurance survey found that the share of U.S. adults who did not get needed care because of cost dropped from 43 percent in 2012 to 36 percent last year, as the health care laws main coverage expansion went into full swing. The proportion of people who got treatment but had problems paying their bills also dropped, from 41 percent in...

    11/05/2014 10:45:23 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Sky Valley Chronicle ^ | November 5, 2014 | various sources
    (NATIONAL) -- Have Americans all of a sudden fallen in love with the Republican Party and that is the reason Democrats were taken to the woodshed in such brutal fashion in Tuesday's mid term election? Not quite, argues John Dickerson Slate's chief political correspondent. "The Republican Party had one strategy it followed in nearly every Senate race: run against the president. It paid off...democratic candidates couldnt get out of the presidents shadow. Every Democratic attempt to localize the races failed," writes Dickerson in a post election analysis. It was President Obama's unpopularity with voters, plus the democratic "coalition" that failed...
  • AARP Commercial Question

    10/09/2014 11:55:49 AM PDT · by kjam22 · 33 replies
    VANITY ^ | 10-9-2014 | kjam22
    This isn't a matter of economy, or ebola, or ISIS... but I just need a few opinions about an AARP commercial, or really I need some help settling a small dispute. I contend that the guy in this commercial is suppose to be older and suffering some diminished mental ability. Like pre-Alzheimer or something. Mrs KJAM22 contends he is just being a smart@$$ like Kjam22 might be? Thoughts? Opinions? Here's a link /AARP Medicare
  • AARP slams Martha Robertson (D) over attack ad (#NY23)

    09/24/2014 5:22:38 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies
    Copyright 2008-2014, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:17pm | Posted by William A. Jacobson
    AARP is calling out (Democrat congressional candidate Martha) Robertson for improperly using AARPs name in her ads, violating AARPs non-partisan status and falsely implying that AARP has taken sides in the race.... Beth Finkel, state director for AARP in New York, issued a statement after learning of its name and logo appearing in the Ithaca Democrats campaign ads in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates, Finkel said. AARP did not authorize the use of its name or...
  • AARP of VA endorses Obamacare/Medicaid expansion, says call the Gov. (BARF ALERT)

    06/18/2014 11:25:11 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    From an email
    Hard-working Virginians deserve access to affordable health care. This may be Virginia's last chance to expand Medicaid. Contact Gov. McAuliffe today and urge him to veto the state budget! Gov. McAuliffe has a tough decision to make before this Sunday at midnight: whether to sign or veto the state budget. Why? Because state legislators sent the governor a budget that does not include expanding Medicaid for hard-working Virginians who earn up to $16,000 a year. These 400,000 Virginians are our friends, neighbors, family. Many are age 50-64, struggling in jobs without health benefits. They are counting on state lawmakers to...
  • Seniors, doctors, lawmakers rail against UnitedHealthcare (CT)changes (Losing care due reps vote)

    03/08/2014 4:50:52 AM PST · by raybbr · 28 replies ^ | 03/07/14 | Mary E. OLeary
    hamden >> Seniors and U.S. Rosa L. DeLauro planned their next move Friday as they looked for ways to keep UnitedHealthcare and federal agencies accountable after the large insurer cut Yale-New Haven Hospital and more than 2,200 doctors around the state from their Connecticut networks. DeLauro, D-3, said she will ask the federal General Accounting Office to investigate the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how it determined the remaining practitioners will be enough to serve patients and whether UHC gave the required notice to Greater New Haven clients. The letter has been signed by all five of Connecticuts...
  • AARP: One More Big Brother?

    01/22/2014 11:02:42 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-22-2014 | Patty Ellis
    Now that ObamaCare is having an enormously detrimental effect on the health care seniors can expect, it is most assuredly time for us to give credit where credit is due. The role our devoted AARP has played in this national fiasco is without question. From that same article... "What motivated AARP, given its membership of 37 million people 50 years old and older was clearly opposed to ObamaCare? The answer appears to be: pure ideology." Ideology, indeed. In breathless anticipation of an unrealistic nirvana some wacky professor opened their childish eyes to many moons ago, these radicals sworn to "fundamentally...
  • A Party for the Empress

    01/22/2014 6:01:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 13 replies ^ | 1-21-2014 | Keith Koffler
    It was the twilight of the Roman Empire. The decay, which would lead to the empires downfall, had set in long before. The ruling class sought to appease its people by taking money from the largest landowners and most successful businessmen and giving it to the rest of society. But the effort had irretrievably harmed the economy and habituated the poorest and even the middle class to taking gifts and free stuff, and diminished their work ethic. And the rulers, in their indulgence and eagerness to please the citizenry, had amassed for the empire incalculable debts that it could never...
  • Its Political Payback Time: Michelle Obama Promotes Pro-Obamacare AARP in 50th Birthday Photo

    01/17/2014 4:34:38 PM PST · by kristinn · 37 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Friday, January 17, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Its Political Payback Time: Michelle Obama Promotes Pro-Obamacare AARP in 50th Birthday PhotoFirst Lady Michelle Obama gave the pro-Obamacare American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) a million dollars worth of free publicity today by tweeting a photo of herself holding an AARP card to mark her fiftieth birthday. The ploy has garnered dozens of fawning headlines mentioning AARP in news and entertainment publications such as this one in People: Michelle Obama Turns 50 and Flaunts It with Her AARP Cardand this one in USA Today: Michelle Obama gets her AARP card With the exception of the Daily Caller, none...
  • Many still confused as Medicare deadline approaches

    12/02/2013 2:24:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Stephen Nohlgren
    "........Medicare's open enrollment period for 2014 ends Saturday. Most people who fail to pick coverage by then will get locked into their current coverage for another year. The Humana survey reinforces how complex their choices can be particularly when the health care marketplace is in such turmoil. Hospitals and medical practices are forming new alliances. Insurance companies are compressing provider networks. The Obamacare marketplace though it does not directly affect people on Medicare has sown confusion. It has later enrollment deadlines, and they have changed due to the rollout problems. But again the Medicare deadline is...
  • Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare

    10/17/2013 3:25:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    WTNH 8 ^ | 10/17/2013 | WTNH
    In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare. A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time. Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United network.
  • Seniors Advice from Wise FReepers ~ 1 October 2013

    10/01/2013 4:12:55 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 10 replies
    October 1, 2013 | Me
    Looking for input from anyone who is using or has used Amac. I've received literature from Amac - The Conservative Alternative to AARP, and would like to hear reviews from anyone currently using it. Please, this is a serious question, and I would like serious answers. Thank you all.
  • 5 Corporations That Should Be Blacklisted By Conservatives

    08/24/2013 4:24:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies ^ | August 24, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Contrary to what you hear from liberals, the biggest flaw conservatives have is being overly tolerant. Really? Seriously? We're "overly tolerant?" Absolutely. Conservatives will listen to a Hollywood star trash us as intolerant and then we'll go watch his movie anyway. Musicians will openly support Obama and call us racists; yet we'll still buy their albums. Corporations will bend over backwards to undermine everything we hold dear and then we'll turn right around and buy their products. Conservatives make up 40% of all Americans and if we start letting our values dictate where we spend our money, we can transform...
  • Why Does the AARP Hate Seniors?

    07/16/2013 11:25:20 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 14 replies ^ | 07/16/2013 | Erick Erickson
    We know the AARP is typically left-leaning and sided with the Obama Administration on Obamacare and other policies that will wind up hurting seniors. But now it seems theyre siding with the far-left environmental movement to put people out of work and raise energy prices something that has a direct effect on seniors with fixed incomes. The AARP and Sierra Club worked together to stall nuclear energy legislation in Iowa. They claimed the legislation would hurt seniors when, in reality, the legislation would have incentivized low cost nuclear energy production in Iowa. The AARP joined with the Sierra Club...
  • UnitedHealth to exit individual insurance market in California

    07/02/2013 3:02:34 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 2, 2013 | Chad Terhune
    (Aetna will exit California...)The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is leaving California's individual health insurance market, the second major company to exit in advance of major changes under the Affordable Care Act. UnitedHealth said it had notified state regulators that it would leave the state's individual market at year-end and force about 8,000 customers to find new coverage. Last month, Aetna Inc., the nation's third-largest health insurer, made a similar move affecting about 50,000 existing policyholders. Both companies will keep a major presence in California, focusing instead on large and small employers.(Health Care Law comes to California)
  • The Obamacare blitz has begun.

    06/26/2013 1:02:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    CCHF ^ | 6-26-13 | twila brase
    The AARP will work with the Hispanic Federation, La Raza, Esperanza and others to target the Hispanic communities. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana is organizing community non-profit groups, churches, chambers of commerce and food banks to get the word out. Enroll America's "Get Covered America" campaign, launched June 18, will send volunteers door to door, into farmers' markets and churches in 18 states. The Obama administration is in conversation with the NBA and the NFL in their drive to use sports teams to push Obamacare enrollment this fall. President Obama, HHS Secretary Sebelius, and...
  • Obama Runs into Rare Opposition from AARP

    04/10/2013 10:06:37 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 14 replies
    AARP Action Newsletter ^ | 10 April 2013 | AARP
    What do Presidents Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr. all have in common? None of them cut Social Security to reduce the deficit but President Obama's new budget proposal will do just that. His plan would especially slash benefits for future retirees, and the cuts just keep getting worse year over year. President Obama included these cuts, known as the chained CPI, in his "grand bargain." He released his budget today, and he needs to hear that these cuts are completely unacceptable.
  • Which Seniors Organization is the best alternative to AARP? (major Vanity)

    01/22/2013 7:29:46 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 23 replies
    me | January 22, 2013 | Mutt the Hoople
    I know this is a major vanity. However, I want to know what's the best Seniors Organization out there. I turned 50 last June, and I'm thinking about retiring from my teaching job. The Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage goes up dramatically for retirees, and I'd like something that might be more affordable. I definitely want something opposing AARP, which is the Seniors Political Arm of the Obama Administration. However, in doing research there's several to choose from. AMAC, American Seniors Association, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), the National Active Retirement Association, etc. Which one to choose? Which one's best?...
  • Vanity: AARP is no good, what experiences have FReepers had with other senior organizations?

    12/10/2012 1:35:59 PM PST · by JimRed · 20 replies
    self | 12/10/2012 | self
    Interested in knowing about conservative alternates to AARP.
  • 11 Myths About Health Care Reform (AARP barf alert)

    10/18/2012 12:16:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    aarp ^ | september 2012 | beth howard
    MYTH 1: The new law cuts Medicare drastically, so I won't be able to get quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) in fact prohibits cuts to guaranteed Medicare benefits. There are provisions in the law to help curb the soaring costs of Medicare, but savings will come from reining in unreasonable payments to providers, taxing high-premium plans (beginning in the year 2018), cracking down on fraud and waste, and encouraging patient-centered, coordinated care, says Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, a private research foundation focused on health care. The ACA also covers preventive care...
  • AARP Stands by as Obama Gets Mugged by Reality

    10/08/2012 5:12:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 8, 2012 | David Catron
    During last week's presidential debate, realizing that he was taking a beating on the Medicare solvency issue, Barack Obama issued the following cri de coeur: "AARP thinks that the savings that we obtained from Medicare bolster the system, lengthen the Medicare trust fund by eight years." Later, after enduring several more blows to his credibility, the President went on to claim AARP agreed with him that Romney's plan would weaken Medicare. Oddly, the "senior advocacy organization" took offense at these remarks. Having provided full-throated support to the President and the Democrats on Obamacare, and resisted Medicare reform, AARP has begun...
  • AARP: Not Backing Any Presidential Candidates

    10/05/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 10/05/2012
    AARP is reminding voters that it's not endorsing any candidates after President Barack Obama cited the group in the first presidential debate. Obama mentioned the lobbying organization for seniors twice Wednesday in discussing Medicare and Social Security. He noted that AARP supports his health care law and opposes the voucher-like program Republican Mitt Romney has proposed for Medicare in the future. AARP's senior vice president, John Hishta, says AARP is nonpartisan and has never consented to the use of its name by any campaign or political group and doesn't take sides in political races.
  • AARP to Obama: Stop citing us

    10/04/2012 2:18:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/4/2012 | Elise Viebeck
    AARP has a message for President Obama: Stop using us to score political points. Obama cited the nonpartisan senior lobby twice in Wednesday's debate when arguing against Mitt Romney's Medicare proposals. The remarks prompted a polite statement from AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta asking candidates to refrain from mentioning the group. "AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign," Hishta said. "AARP is a nonpartisan organization, and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party." Hishta sent a similar dispatch in August, when the Obama...
  • AARP objects to Obama invoking group's support during debate

    10/04/2012 10:14:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    fox news ^ | 10/4/2012 | fox news
    The AARP, which put itself in the middle of the health care debate by endorsing ObamaCare, now is telling President Obama to keep the group out of his political talking points. The nation's leading senior advocacy organization objected after the president during Wednesday's debate twice mentioned the AARP while defending his health care plan and attacking Mitt Romney's plans for Medicare. The AARP posted a blog saying that while the group is "grateful" the candidates had a "robust" debate on health care, the organization is not aligned with either candidate. "While we respect the rights of each campaign to make...
  • AARP objects to Obama invoking group's support during debate

    10/04/2012 7:39:04 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 77 replies
    The AARP, which put itself in the middle of the health care debate by endorsing ObamaCare, now is telling President Obama to keep the group out of his political talking points. The nation's leading senior advocacy organization objected after the president during Wednesday's debate twice mentioned the AARP while defending his health care plan and attacking Mitt Romney's plans for Medicare...
  • Paul Ryan at the AARP

    09/30/2012 4:59:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/24/2012 | Editorial
    The headlines this weekend were all about the boos Paul Ryan elicited on Friday when he addressed the AARP, the self-styled seniors' lobby. The herd of independent media minds missed the real story, which is that the Republican Vice Presidential nominee went into the heart of the entitlement culture, told some hard truths, and even won applause for doing so. Mr. Ryan deserves credit merely for showing up at an organization that portrays itself as nonpartisan but whose leadership is dominated by long-time liberals who consistently pursue the Democratic Party's entitlement agenda. On Friday, our Kimberley Strassel reported on the...
  • We Didn't Leave AARP...AARP Left Us

    09/25/2012 5:17:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/25/2012 | Russ Vaughn
    The report of the AARP convention booing Paul Ryan the other day made me just shake my head and smile wryly. These are the kind of fools who'd boo the man trying to save their bacon while they remain content to blindly follow a leftist leadership that has sold its organizational soul to liberal orthodoxy. Like millions of Americans, I received my courtesy membership to AARP upon nearing fifty, some two decades ago. At the time, this free milestone membership, available to all Americans of that age, was the source of much merriment among such new members' younger friends and...
  • How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare's Cuts to Medicare

    09/23/2012 7:59:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    forbes ^ | 9/22/12 | avik roy
    As you know if youve been reading this blog, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for its $1.9 trillion expansion of coverage to low-income Americans. Its one of the reasons why seniors are more opposed to the new health law than any other age group. So why is it that the group that purports to speak for seniors, the American Association of Retired Persons, so strongly supports a law that most seniors oppose? According to an explosive new report from Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), its because those very same Medicare cuts will give the AARP...
  • Ryan at the AARP (Not convincing AARP does not mean not convincing Seniors)

    09/22/2012 7:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2012 | Yuval Levin
    Be sure to read Paul Ryan's speech to the AARP's national convention today --- a clear and forthright elucidation of the case for saving Medicare and the federal budget through market-based reforms and against doubling down on failed central planning and price controls through Obamacare.   As he surely knew he would be, Ryan was met with some opposition (though also some support) in the audience, and boos could be heard at various points --- particularly during his criticisms of Obamacare. That's hardly surprising. The AARP sometimes presents itself as a kind of membership organization consisting of senior citizens,...
  • AARP sells out seniors for 'Obamacare' [Jim DeMint Op-Ed]

    09/21/2012 10:31:07 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/21/12 12:27 AM EDT | SEN. JIM DEMINT
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Friday via satellite to a convention sponsored by AARP. His speech will likely extol the virtues of Obamacare, and engage in scare tactics about conservative proposals to make Medicare sustainable. But here are five facts youre unlikely to hear from the president, or AARP, about how each treats seniors: First, while AARP poses as a disinterested senior advocate, it functions as an insurance conglomerate, with a liberal lobbying arm on the side. AARP depends on profits, royalties and commissions to make up more than 50 percent of its annual revenues. Membership dues from...
  • Paul Ryan Booed By AARP Crowd For Promising To Repeal Obamacare

    09/21/2012 10:17:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 132 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/21/2012 | Noah Rothman
    Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)was not well received at a gathering held by the American Association of Retired Peoples on Friday. After Ryan said the first step to strengthening Medicare is to repeal President Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act, the crowd erupted into boos. After promising to repeal Obamacare, the crowd jeered. I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions, said Ryan amid the chorus of booing. It weakens Medicare for todays seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation, said Ryan to more booing. You may not have heard this side of the...
  • AARP Poll: Among anxious 50-plusers in Fla Romney narrowly leads Obama

    08/09/2012 12:30:57 PM PDT · by stevek1 · 56 replies
    Despite repeated attempts to paint Republicans as bad for Medicare and Social Security, President Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson are essentially tied with their Republican rivals when it comes to Florida retirees and baby boomers, a new AARP poll shows.
  • AARP FL seniors-Boomer poll: Obama 44%-Romney 46%, Sen. Nelson 39%-Mack 42% (Uh-oh, Chongo!)

    08/08/2012 4:16:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | August 8, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    Despite repeated attempts to paint Republicans as bad for Medicare and Social Security, President Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson are essentially tied with their Republican rivals when it comes to Florida retirees and baby boomers, a new AARP poll shows. Obama garners 44 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney's 46 percent and Nelson trails Republican Rep. Connie Mack by a 42-39 split. The Republican leads are well within the 4.4 percent error margin for the poll of the 503 registered voters surveyed by Hart Research Associates.** Indeed, the Nelson-Mack race might be even tighter, with 19 percent of voters...
  • Seniors chop up AARP cards in Voter ID protest

    05/30/2012 12:41:37 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    Star Tribune (MN) ^ | May 23, 2012 | Jennifer Brooks
    Conservative groups are calling on Minnesota seniors to boycott the American Association of Retired Persons over the groups opposition to the photo identification measure on the November ballot. To drive their point home, seniors gathered at a Wednesday press conference snipped AARP cards into shreds. They say there are conservative-affiliated groups that can give them the same senior discounts and that share their conviction that requiring a photo ID to vote will reduce voter fraud.
  • AARP has decided to oppose Voter ID

    05/26/2012 11:19:48 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 53 replies
    minnesota majority ^ | 5-25-12 | minnesota majority
    Polls show that Voter ID is supported by 80% of senior citizens. But just as in the case of Obamacare, AARP doesnt seem concerned about taking a position that is contrary to a majority of its members. They are spending your membership dues in an effort to defeat Voter ID. You can let AARP know how you feel about their decision by taking these three simple steps:
  • How to Find a Green Job

    04/03/2012 1:04:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies ^ | April 3, 2012 | by: Kerry Hannon
    For those of you looking for a job or a different career, theres some good news: Green jobs that is, those with an eco-friendly focus are expected to grow in the coming years. Whats more you neednt worry about having to have a green rsum. If you have technical skills in engineering, architecture, accounting, marketing or project management, youll find job openings at solar energy firms, renewable energy outfits and others. Interested? Here are five jobs to consider, depending on your skills and interests. Pay varies based on factors such as experience and where you live. Salary figures...
  • The many faces of AARP (Are you above 50? If so, what did you do with their solicitation letter?)

    04/03/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/03/2012 | Theodore Dawes
    My wife just turned 50, so she recently experienced that least favorite American rite of passage: the arrival of the dreaded solicitation letter from AARP. I'm pleased to say that she took advantage of this opportunity to do precisely as I have done for the past eight years: she immediately and with malice aforethought dropped the solicitation in the trash. Not that she was offended by the reminder of her advanced age; rather, because she holds AARP in contempt. So do I. Two quick questions, dear reader: 1) Do you belong to AARP? 2) Which AARP do you belong to?...
  • 1 in 3 Florida retirees who receive Social Security survive solely on government checks

    01/23/2012 11:37:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/23/12 | Donna Gehrke-White
    A third of Florida's nearly 3 million retirees, 65 and older, now rely entirely on Social Security, according to an analysis by AARP. "Folks have spent down their assets," said Jeff Johnson, AARP interim director in Florida. More Floridians are likely to end up only on Social Security than retirees in the rest of the country: A quarter of U.S. retirees, 65 and older, have only their monthly checks as income, Johnson said. Many of the most strapped are Florida's oldest, he added. Florida seniors, 80 and older, are about three times as likely to depend