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  • 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
    nhregister.com ^ | 03/07/14 | Mary E. O’Leary
    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 Connecticut’s...
  • 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
    whitehousedossier.com ^ | 1-21-2014 | Keith Koffler
    It was the twilight of the Roman Empire. The decay, which would lead to the empire’s 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...
  • It’s 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
    It’s 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    http://www.redstate.com/ ^ | 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 they’re 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 you’ve 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. It’s 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.), it’s 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 you’re 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 Obama’s 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 today’s 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 group’s 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 doesn’t 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
    AARP.com ^ | April 3, 2012 | by: Kerry Hannon
    For those of you looking for a job or a different career, there’s some good news: Green jobs — that is, those with an eco-friendly focus — are expected to grow in the coming years. What’s more you needn’t worry about having to have a green résumé. If you have technical skills in engineering, architecture, accounting, marketing or project management, you’ll 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
  • Groups to picket at Social Security offices

    10/27/2011 9:17:02 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    fox 19 .com ^ | 10-27-11 | fox 19
    Social Security advocates are planning to protest Thursday at Social Security offices around the county. Thousands of American Federation of Government Employees Social Security employees, along with the Alliance for Retired Americans, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the Strengthen Social Security Campaign are protesting recent proposals from Congress that would cut the Social Security Administration's operational budget.
  • AARP uses member resources to push SAME SEX Marriage

    09/21/2011 6:22:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 42 replies
    AARP uses member resources to advocate same-sex marriage and special rights for immoral behavior Part of their membership fees or profits used to advocate same-sex marriage, homosexual adoption, repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" military policy and special rights for immoral behavior. September 19, 2011 AARP uses member resources to advocate same-sex marriage and pro-homosexual military policy. AARP membership cancellation information provided below. Page 38 of the July/August AARP bulletin contained an article titled "Pride Is Ageless" which announced AARP's plans for "advocacy efforts in the LGBT arena." The article stated "AARP has created a new online home for the...
  • AARP Sees ‘A Better Way To Approach (Social Security) Benefit Changes’

    09/06/2011 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 7 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/6/2011 | Jed Graham
    It’s not every day, one can safely assume, that AARP’s chief policy guru John Rother offers supportive words about a specific approach for cutting Social Security benefits. So it was to my great surprise that I received an email from Rother recently with relative praise for a new approach to Social Security reform called Old-Age Risk-Sharing that has flown under the radar of policymakers.
  • The Debt Ceiling Debacle Is Only The Beginning Of A Major Fiscal Crisis

    07/28/2011 4:11:11 PM PDT · by taildragger · 29 replies
    the Business Insider ^ | 7/28/2011 | Grace Wyler
    If you think the current debt ceiling circus is bad, just wait for the real debt crisis. Peter Coy at Businessweek writes today that the debate over raising the debt limit ignores just how ailing the nation's fiscal health really is. Here are the highlights from his piece: The national debt is only a small part of U.S. liabilities. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would hurt the global financial system, but the threat is minimal compared to the real danger: Sharply rising healthcare costs combined with the aging baby-boomer generation. The U.S. is in danger of reaching a generational...
  • AARP won’t acknowledge financial interest in Medicare copay debate

    07/24/2011 10:48:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/24/11 | Matthew Boyle
    he AARP, formerly the The American Association of Retired Persons, sent U.S. senators a letter last week asking them to oppose any increases in Medicare copayments. But the self-described pro-senior group hasn’t acknowledged that it has a financial stake in the debate’s outcome. (Snip) The AARP collects 4.95 percent of every dollar United HealthCare takes in from AARP members’ Medigap plan premiums. Not allowing Medigap plans to cover seniors’ Medicare copayment costs is a disincentive for AARP members to continue purchasing the supplemental coverage. In its letter to Congress, the AARP made no mention of any financial stake it may
  • Congress Must Prevent Harmful Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

    07/15/2011 6:42:50 PM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 95 replies
    AARP ^ | 7/12/2011 | Government Affairs and Campaigns
    Right now, President Obama and Congress are considering a deal to pay the nation's bills that could cut the Social Security and Medicare benefits seniors have earned through a lifetime of hard work.
  • The Extinction of Retirement. Is It Going the Way of the Dodo Bird?

    06/18/2011 6:53:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 06/17/2011 | Michael Pento
    For the better part of a century, the foundations for a semi-comfortable retirement for many Americans have rested on the financial pillars of rising real estate and equity prices, positive real interest rates on savings, the continued solvency of public and private pension plans and the reliability of national entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid). But in the last few years, the economic sands have fundamentally shifted and these pillars are no longer sturdy, some have cracked completely. For many Americans, the traditional idea of a comfortable retirement filled with golf carts, cruises and fishing trips is going the way of...
  • AARP Finally Gets It

    06/17/2011 4:57:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 17, 2011 | Staff
    Social Security: The politically powerful American Association of Retired Persons has finally admitted that the federal government's fiscally doomed entitlements must be fixed. Let Democrats call Paul Ryan extremist now. On Friday, the AARP officially decided, after what was reported to be a tumultuous internal confab, that it will no longer irrationally stand in the way of the government reducing Social Security benefits. The group immediately tried to make little of the change, issuing a statement Friday claiming that "Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security." The AARP...
  • Obama admin to end health care waivers

    06/17/2011 2:34:46 PM PDT · by rawhide · 33 replies
    ap.com ^ | 6-17-11 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it will end a controversial health care waiver program in September. Officials announced Friday that all applications for new waivers and renewals of existing ones have to be in by Sept. 22. That would remove a potential political distraction in the 2012 elections.
  • AARP Pivots on Social Security Benefit Cuts (President Bush was right)

    06/17/2011 3:55:06 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/17/2011 | fox news
    AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, was dropping its long-standing opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could rock Washington's debate over how to revamp the nation's entitlement programs, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The decision, which AARP has not discussed publicly, came after a wrenching debate inside the organization. In 2005, the last time Social Security was debated, AARP led the effort to kill President George W. Bush's plan for partial privatization. AARP now concludes that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain.
  • Betty White stars as the new face of AARP

    05/24/2011 1:30:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/11
    At nearly 90 years old, Betty White has a message for senior citizens: get over it. The Golden Girls star can be seen stressing that age really isn’t a big deal in her promotional videos for AARP. Age shouldn’t be a deciding factor when voting for politicians either, the starlet told Politico in an interview Monday. “I think it’s mental activity and physical health that should have a lot to do with it, not just the number of years,” White said. For White, the age of the politician doesn’t necessarily make them an incapable public servant. “I think someone’s health...
  • AARP's ObamaCare Endgame Revealed

    05/24/2011 11:15:48 AM PDT · by Snuph · 19 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | May 24, 2011 | Chuck Rogér
    We now have a clear picture of the treachery in which AARP has engaged since President Obama took office. The Daily Caller reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted Medigap policy sellers, including the American Association of Retired Persons, exemption from ObamaCare-mandated federal supervision of insurance premium hikes. "Medigap" is an industry term for a type of coverage that helps pay medical costs not covered by Medicare. Non-Medigap insurers, not exempted from ObamaCare's rate reviews, must justify rate increases. In effect, the HHS exemption gives AARP the ability to generate profits not achievable by non-exempted...
  • AARP receives waiver from ObamaCare

    05/20/2011 11:38:33 AM PDT · by pabianice · 22 replies
    Fox News Channel | 5/20/11
    Breaking now on Fox.
  • Latest beneficiary of ObamaCare waiver: AARP

    05/20/2011 10:54:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    No one seems to know what criteria HHS uses to grant or deny waivers to insurers from provisions in ObamaCare. The White House won’t release the names of those insurers and employers refused waivers or discuss denials at all. But maybe, just maybe, we could all agree that organizations that publicly pushed ObamaCare to approval should be ineligible to escape its consequences? The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt “Medigap” policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such...
  • The Obamacare Diaries Continue: Latest ‘Waiver’ Scam Goes to the AARP

    05/20/2011 7:49:51 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    .., the problem of the ‘Obamacare Waivers’ continues with the latest Obama-Pelosi-Reid game of favoritism going to the AARP. Everyone knows that if we allocated just part of the trillion(s) given to the PPACA legislation to pay for uninsured care, combined this with an honest ‘buy-in’ of physicians who could contribute charity care in exchange for tax credits (for instance) to oversee reasonable outcomes-based changes to how medical and surgical care is delivered and payed for, and threw in open interstate competition for insurance companies, that we’d be most of the way ‘there’ toward meaningful reform. Add to these basic...
  • Shocker: AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver

    05/20/2011 7:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    sa ^ | May 20, 2011 | Rob Port
    Outside of the unions, there was perhaps no group more ardent in its support of Obamacare than the AARP. The advocacy group spent $121 million on advertising in favor of Obamacare, and millions more lobbying for it on Washington DC. But now AARP’s insurance business, Medigap which competes with Medicare Advantage (a program AARP lobbied to have hamstrung by OBamacare), just got a waiver from complying with the law. ... Keep in mind, again, that AARP is set to rake in billions in profits now that Obamacare has effective knocked Medicare Advantage out of the market.