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60,000 Quit AARP Over Health Reform

From a shocked and dismayed CBS News:

Thousands Quit AARP Over Health Reform

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2009

(CBS)  CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group’s position on health care.

Elaine Guardiani has been with AARP for 14 years, and said, "I’m extremely disappointed in AARP."

Retired nurse Dale Anderson has 12 years with AARP and said, "I don’t wanna be connected with AARP."

Many are switching to the American Seniors Association, a group that calls itself the conservative alternative as CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports.

Last week alone, they added more than 5,000 new members. Our camera was there Friday when the mail came.

Letters were filled with cut-up AARP cards.

"I think that probably the seniors are most upset with cuts in Medicare," said ASA President Stuart Barton.

The American Seniors Association is flat-out against President Obama’s plan, which calls for $313 billion dollars in Medicare cuts over ten years. The AARP is widely viewed as supporting the President.

Last week, Obama told a town meeting in Portsmouth, NH, "We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors."

The AARP called the President’s statements "inaccurate," saying it hasn’t endorsed any plan or bill.

Some were left with the feeling that AARP was waffling.

"I feel they’re supporting it through the backdoor, and telling members that they’re not through the front door," said Guardiani.

Yet the AARP’s Cheryl Matheis couldn’t find anything to quibble with, including the Medicare cuts which she says will not affect benefits.

"We haven’t seen provisions in legislation yet, so we’re going to reserve judgment until we see them," said Matheis.

Meantime, the AARP’s image suffered with this town meeting already seen by hundreds of thousands on YouTube.

Faced with skeptical questions from the audience, the AARP representative ends the meeting abruptly. When the discussion continues, she pulls the plug on the microphone.

AARP says for a group with 40 million members that adds hundreds of thousands each month, losing 60 thousand is just a drop in the bucket. But to the much smaller American Seniors Association it’s a flood.

Not to pick nits, but shouldn’t the CBS headline read: ‘Tens Of Thousands Quit…’?

Of course we should be thankful that they reported this at all.

Lest we forget, it was the AARP rank and file who forced the repeal of Mr. Reagan’s laudable catastrophic healthcare reform legislation. (After they had promoted the very plan.)

AARP also endorsed Hillarycare, right before the 1994 August recess.

And we see what good that did.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “60,000 Quit AARP Over Health Reform”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    See……Barrys’ Midas touch on Health Care / Insurance Reform has probably cost Americans more jobs. (albeit AARP chose to go through the back door)

    Let this be a lesson as to who you choose to buddy up with.
    I see the rats jumpin’ ship!

  2. I have seen the AARP sponsored commercial on FOX at least 4 times. It shows an ambulance representing healthcare reform. There are cars blocking it from getting to the hospital.

    I was not able to find it on the site. AARP has removed “AARP Commercial – “Way Too Important / Divided We Fail” video also. Could not find ambulance video either.

    I heard some AARP spokesman deny that they were supporting Obama’s bill but health care needed reform.

    • curvyred says:

      Did you notice that the cars in the commercial were mostly non-pc cars and gas guzzlers. I thought it was a commercial with subliminal messages attached.

      I am glad seniors are waking up and realizing that this group does not represent their interests.

  3. VMAN says:

    I’ve been getting AARP applications since I turned 50 and I have torn each one up and thrown it away. If they are admitting to 60,000 it probably more like 160,000 not to mention all those that won’t join now. When my mother turned 65 she got her AARP app. When I turned 50 I got mine. I suppose when my kids turn 30 they’ll be getting theirs.

    • proreason says:

      AARP is now a storefront for an insurance company, as is AAA.

      The dues both organizations collect are dwarfed by the money they make selling insurance. At least for the AAA organizations, they typically lose money on their travel and roadside services. They treat them as loss leaders. I’ll bet AARP is the same way.

      The lure of 46 million new insurance customers, and whatever deals AARP has struck with the Moron’s Criminal Cabal make it a 100% certainty that AARP is 100% behind whatever the administration proposes.

      It will be interesting to see what impact the decline in membership has.

      But I predict that the uber-libwit AARP management will remain unmoved……….unless people begin cancelling their insurance policies.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Association_of_Retired_Persons

      …According to Andy Rooney, AARP was established by insurance salesman Leonard Davis in 1958, after he met Ethel Percy Andrus. Ms. Andrus was at the time helping teachers get health insurance through the National Retired Teachers Association.

      According to Rooney, Davis saw the opportunity to sell medical insurance to the elderly rather than just retired teachers and for that purpose put in $50,000 establishing AARP. According to Rooney, Davis established the Colonial Penn Insurance Co. in order to control AARP, selling millions of dollars in insurance to its members through advertisings in AARP’s magazine Modern Maturity and for several years Colonial Penn Insurance Co. became one of the most profitable in the U. S.

      In 1978, after a 60 Minutes report exposé, AARP got rid of Colonial Penn Insurance Co. and signed up with Prudential Insurance Co.[3] According to critics, until the 1980s AARP was controlled by businessman Leonard Davis, who promoted its image as a non-profit advocate of retirees in order to sell insurance to members.[4]

      In the 1990s, the United States Senate investigated AARP’s non-profit status, with Republican Senator Alan Simpson, then chairman of the Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy, questioning the organization’s tax exempt status in congressional hearings. These investigations did not reveal sufficient evidence to change the organization’s status.[5]

      The organization was originally named American Association of Retired Persons, but to reflect that its focus had become broader than American retirees, in 1999 it officially changed its name to just “AARP” (pronounced one letter at a time, “A-A-R-P”).[6] AARP no longer requires that members be retired.

  4. PoliNerd says:

    Sixty-thousand is a lot! If I’m the seniors, I would probably end up changing to ASA too. And, I believe others who haven’t quit AARP yet will do it pretty soon because it is obvious that seniors dislike this bill the most. Who wouldn’t be angry when someone takes their pills and doctors away?

    Obama has already lost his senior supporters at this point. He’s pushing too hard for this bill. And, it won’t be worth it to trade with the public trust. He needs to compromise whether with the seniors or with the opposers about the public option. Like what Rachel Maddow said in this vdo, a reform without public option is not worth spending political capital on at all!


    • Liberals Demise says:

      ANY ….compromise with Obamy is like surrendering any and all freedoms we ever had. He will see us as weak and feeble and then come in for the kill.
      Barry is not trust worthy at all!

    • proreason says:

      If they admit to 60,000, the real number is probably 600,000

  5. Melly says:

    My Mother (who cancelled her membership recently with AARP) received a call today from AARP conferencing her into a live town hall meeting regarding Obamacare. She hung up. They claimed about 6,000 people in the NY area were listening in.

  6. catie says:

    My father first signed up for AARP because they liked to travel a lot after my Dad retired. However, it was during the early years of the first Clinton Administration that he canceled his membership after calling because they were on the bandwagon for Hill’s healthcare. He decided he really didn’t need that stinking membership for a lousy few bucks off his room at the Hampton Inn.
    I’m watching F & F as I type and an AARP insurance commercial is playing.

  7. Yarddog1 says:

    Another controversial position of AARP is strict gun control laws. That alone has caused me to discard their material since I turned 50 (several years ago). They’re just another liberal organization that leans more to the left than most people know.

  8. k52ok says:

    Thanks for bringing ASA to my attention. I have shredded membership offers from AARP for years due to their left leaning views and gave up on CBS news years ago so I may never have known about them. I just joined ASA a few moments ago. Thanks again.

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