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AARP Back Democrats Over Grandmoms

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

AARP backs Democrats in Senate health care fight

By David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

December 2, 2009

WASHINGTON – With a Senate showdown looming, the politically potent AARP rode to the rescue of Democrats on Wednesday, supporting $460 billion in Medicare cuts to help pay for landmark health care legislation.

As Republicans pressed to restore the cuts, AARP said Democrats merely were recommending elimination of waste and inefficiency within the giant health care program for seniors.

"Most importantly, the legislation does not reduce any guaranteed Medicare benefits," A. Barry Rand, the AARP’s CEO, said in a letter to senators.

Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain, said seniors would lose some of their add-on benefits that are part of coverage under private insurance Medicare. "Above all, we must not use Medicare as a piggy bank" to pay for other programs, the Arizona Republican said.

Democrats, sensitive to the charges, rallied behind an alternative proposal by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., saying the bill would cause no reduction in guaranteed Medicare benefits…

AARP has played an influential role all year on health care, working with the Obama administration as well as Democratic leaders to help pass legislation.

The organization’s Web site claims more than 40 million members in all 50 states, and describes AARP as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives."

Polls have shown the group enjoys a high degree of trust among seniors, a group that tends to vote in disproportionately high numbers, particularly in midterm elections. As a result, its endorsement is prized by both political parties…

"Shame on AARP," McCain said earlier in the week as he pressed his case to restore the cuts Democrats wrote into their legislation. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., accused Democrats repeatedly of seeking to cut "Grandma’s Medicare" and use the money to finance other programs.

McCain and others recited the proposed cuts in future payments during days of debate, including private-insurance Medicare, payments to hospitals, hospices, home health agencies and others.

But Rand, in his letter, wrote, "AARP believes that savings can be found in Medicare through smart, targeted changes aimed at improving health care delivery, eliminating waste and inefficiency, and aggressively weeding out fraud and abuse."

Of course in reality the AARP is a Medicare supplement insurance company.

So it is only natural that they would support such huge Medicare cuts.

But just don’t tell their hoodwinked members.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AARP Back Democrats Over Grandmoms”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Follow The Money

    Let me say that again

    Follow The Money

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My mom, 77 years old, canceled her membership with AARP earlier this year. She is a die-hard staunch conservative who worked her whole life, spent her childhood in The Great Depression, through WWII and never took a handout from anyone. Tough as nails, proud and smart. Says this is the worst administration she’s ever seen.

    • jobeth says:

      And bless her, she has been around long enough to have seen a few bad administrations, so that’s saying something! Let your mom know we are proud of her. I hope my own kids say such a great thing about me someday! :- )

  3. proreason says:

    Not only is AARP a Medicare insurance company, the insurance they sell is Medi-gap insurance, the old-style insurance that seniors are abandoning for Medicare Advantage, a newer form that acts more like private insurance and covers more medical procedures.

    In a totally unrelated coincidence, Medicare Advantage (the one AARP doesn’t carry) is effectively driven out of the market by Obamy’s Health Scare bill.

    Like most of Obamy’s supporters, AARP is very vey lucky to be on the right side of government action.

  4. canary says:

    AARP life-insurance savings. Senator Tom Coburn (R) OK who is a Medical Doctor was on FOX’s Greta, following his speech on the floor that he stands behind the elderly will die sooner. He says there are 800 places the approx 2000 page bill showing that services and medical treatment will be reduced, and a different way to reduce costs. ( He is getting blasted for insisting the entire bill be read before the Senate, as the Democrats stay up at night changing the wording after something is settled.

    I don’t have a copy of AARP life-insurance policies in front of me. But, in reading another top life insurer policy, there was loose wording of depending on a living or ‘partial’ living will, with no explanation following.

    Obama & Democrats health plan is going to increase the elderly dying as his grandmother died, staged in her home, by hospice (let’s hope at least she got the 3 day hospice policy, no fluids, pain meds given through the shut down of organs by family).

    Is it possible that by the elderly dying the method of hospice (other examples that can affect your life insurance, is if you have an accident and don’t want to be put on life support, or no matter what you want to be hooked up to a machine as to partial or full living will)

    that AARP’s life-insurance policy payouts significantly reduced by choosing hospice death, will mean AARP will have many more reduced life-insurance payouts, or possibly they won’t have to pay anything to an elderly person who goes the hospice route.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    I’m on medicare with Aetna “supplemental/medicare/advantage” coverage. No social security increase, but extra premium went up $41 for 2010. Of course the policy coverage changes and without a microscope and a computer I don’t know if I will be ahead or behind but it seems like a benefit cut if I pay more.

  6. canary says:

    Jobeth, it seems you were gone for awhile. So glad you’re back.

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