Via the AP:
"Democrats lined up a range of outside groups behind their legislation, none more important than the AARP, whose support promises political cover against the cuts to Medicare in next year's congressional elections.""Cover"? How can AARP provide "cover" for cuts it hitherto swore to protect?
The AARP will receive millions from healthcare reform as "kickbacks" in return for that "cover" when Obamacare begins to slice and dice medicare.
"AARP revenues show how big its insurance business is.
Last year, the group collected $222 million in royalties from UnitedHealthcare, which provides most of the health insurance marketed under the AARP brand. That figure is almost as much as AARP collected in dues from its members.
But David Mathis, AARP senior vice president for health services, says the organization offers what its members need to have, not what corporate partners want to sell.
"They come into the relationship knowing where that is, even though they may not agree with us and we don't always agree with them," Mathis says. "
Everybody's eyes were wide open when we entered this relationship."
Still, questions about the organization's finances have been raising eyebrows for years. And America's two main parties take turns being angry at AARP.
Speaking in 1995, Republican Sen. Alan Simpson said, "AARP has drifted considerably from any possible description of a nonprofit, quote, organization."
The call to cancel memberships and boycott the AARP grows and I call on other bloggers, 50+ to join the call to do the same.
AARP is NOT on the side of senior Americans, they don't deserve our support. Send the message NOW.
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