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AARP Labeled ‘Rascals’ for Targeting GOP on Healthcare

healthcare American medicineAARP is going after Republicans in a new ad campaign, but other organizations of people 50-plus think it’s “disgraceful” and simply a demonstration AARP is only looking out for its bottom line.

AARP has joined forces with other major organizations to launch a public tour imploring the Senate to scrap the American Health Care Act that was narrowly passed by the House of Representatives (those senators specifically targeted are identified below).

Under the American Health Care Act, AARP says insurers would be able to charge Americans ages 50 to 64 a significantly higher rate than younger consumers, something AARP calls an “age tax.” AARP says the AHCA would also eliminate the ban that prevents insurers from assessing higher rates on people with preexisting medical conditions. As a reuslt, AARP and its partners want the Senate to start fresh with new legislation that protects patients from losing affordable insurance coverage.

“Healthcare remains a deeply personal concern for American families, and together we must seek solutions that help make healthcare more affordable,” says AARP executive vice president Nancy LeaMond. “We’re pleased to join these groups and raise our voices to call on the Senate to move in a different direction so that we can improve healthcare for Americans.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is pushing its own healthcare plan. Still, AMAC founder Dan Weber does not agree with AARP’s methods.

“I think it’s disgraceful,” Weber tells OneNewsNow. “The only reason AARP is doing this is because they backed the original ObamaCare. Without AARP’s backing, original ObamaCare never would have passed – and as you know, Obamacare is a failure.”

Weber says there are still millions of people that have no insurance, years after the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., ObamaCare) took effect.

“We were supposed to cover everybody,” he continues. “In addition to premiums going sky high, in addition to many of us losing our healthcare, in addition to not being able to keep our doctor, in addition to all the broken promises, AARP is doing this because they know they made a mistake – and now this is some crazy way they’re trying to make up for it.”

AMAC’s Plan 1 seeks to “remove restrictions on Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to allow more people to use them as they see fit, return control of healthcare back to state and patient control, and drive down the costs of healthcare.”

“As healthcare reform is now in the Senate’s hands, AMAC will continue to work with Senate Leadership and the administration to make seniors’ voices heard and to hold Republicans accountable to deliver on their promises to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

In response to AARP’s efforts, Jim Martin of 60 Plus Association describes them as “rascals of the highest order.”

“Senator Alan Simpson [R-Wyoming] investigated them about 15 years ago for making excessive profits on the backs of seniors, and I think it’s time they [investigated] that again,” says Martin.

Martin says AARP has “cornered the market” on Medi-gap supplemental insurance plans and is fearful it may be left out of the plans for the American Health Care Act.

“They’re looking out for their financial bottom line, to the detriment of seniors,” he continues. “So when they talk about an age-tap on seniors, it’s hypocrisy at its worst.”

Martin acknowledges that 60 Plus “reluctantly” said the American Health Care Act is not the best plan going forward – “But we did say it’s a step in the right direction knowing that it was going to go to the Senate side,” he continues. “We are going to be talking to a bunch of Republican senators as they are right now looking at their own plan trying to come up with an improvement if you will.”

According to The Washington Examiner, AARP is targeting Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernest and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

OneNewsNow received the following statement from Senator Grassley:

“Senators have studied the House bill and listened to many interested individuals and groups and are now writing the Senate’s own bill. Senator Grassley will study the final Senate bill when it’s ready. The protection of people with pre-existing conditions, no lifetime or annual caps, and the protection of mental health parity are important to him as the discussion moves along. The need to help people facing the consequences of ObamaCare’s unaffordability and collapse is pressing. These people include the 72,000 Iowans who will have ObamaCare subsidies but nowhere to buy insurance through ObamaCare this fall.”

Groups partnering with AARP include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the March of Dimes.

From - One News Now - by Chris Woodward

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Pam Ward
3 years ago

When AARP was all for the Un Affordable Care Act I washed my hands of them. I chose another supplemental insurance. They won’t get a dime of my money! I wish more people would take advantage on October 15 to change.

3 years ago

AARP are not just rascals, they’re socialists morons.

3 years ago

AARP is an insurance company in cahoots with a group of elitists, all posing as advocates for the elderly. Their promotion is highly aggressive. In a different climate, the organization’s activities would be described as elder abuse. AMAC strong!

3 years ago

We will never get the coverage we need until Congress is made to enroll in the same healthcare plan as the rest of America, if it doesn’t affect their bottom line personally, the healthcare act is a waste of time and effort. They need skin in the game to deliver for the people.

3 years ago

AARP is continuing to fool a lot of seniors. They are just another wing of the democrat party!

3 years ago

So glad to be a part of AMAC. AARP is just another arm of Socialism.

3 years ago

“Under the American Health Care Act, AARP says insurers would be able to charge Americans ages 50 to 64 a significantly higher rate than younger consumers, something AARP calls an “age tax.” ” Are you kidding me!!!!??? What on earth does AARP think happened with Obamacare? I HAD insurance until Obamacare passed and it does not allow catastrophic insurance unless you are under 30 years old. So at age 59 I was without any insurance (and still am until Medicare) because the premiums are so expensive that I can not afford insurance especially with a HUGE deductible! I have to… Read more »

Lawrence Greenberg
3 years ago

I resigned from AARP in 2009 after they announced they were supporting Obamacare, even though it was already public knowledge that Obamacare was going to severely shortchange AARP’s membership of retirees and Medicare recipients. It was later discovered that AARP was literally paid off by the Obama Administration to support Obamacare. Their members are fools to remain members.

3 years ago

AARP has made millions from endorsing health insurance plans and/or companies. It is more interested in its bottom line than it is in affordable health care for its members and other seniors.

Paul Terry Stone
3 years ago

I don’t know why the individuals who claim that Obama Care is essentially the best thing the earth has seen since Creation play ignorant of the fact that the premiums and deductibles involved are so high. If they had to pay these things, I don’t see how they could play ignorant of the conclusion that this is no insurance. I must assume that those that approve of Medicaid’s expansion in this regard must want this country to go bankrupt.

3 years ago

it is time for the socialists in America to get a grip on the fact nothing is free in this world. AARP has this thinking in their ranks and these folks should be considering moving to another Country with a socialist government so that they may learn first hand that we all pay for what we receive or it is subsidized by others. Usually the taxpayers. Mandatory term limits for congress may also help in that there is little to be gained by politicians when it is a privilege to serve rather than a lifetime career.

Lloyd Barnett
3 years ago

You are so right Pam Ward! I washed my hands forever of AARP during the Obamacare boondoggle and haven’t looked back!

Jane Langley
3 years ago

Will not renew my membership with AARP. Their political views are not the same as mine. I hope more conservative thinking members will do the same.

3 years ago

It’s sad to see how many senior’s are fooled thinking they are their advocates. Per Wikipedia; “With nearly 38 million members, AARP is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. According to AARP’s IRS annual return, Chief Executive Officer Addison B. Rand received $1,698,289 of salary and benefits in 2014 from AARP and its subsidiaries.” So whatever they support you can see if it benefits AARP and I don’t include the members in this, then they have a lot of pull.

Wayne C
3 years ago

Let’s not forget that the AARP was involved in the creation of the ACA, that we couldn’t read until it was passed
and supported the taking of $750,000,000.00 from the Social Security fund. The AARP is all about itself. This is a liberal organization who rips off the elderly and receives millions from the Federal Government. The people who run this organization are well paid and travel on the high side. I dropped AARP a long time ago, their comments have always been outrageous and self serving.

A Frank
3 years ago

When we reviewed our Medicare supplemental insurance we found it was the least expensive for the first three or four years, then it became much more expensive than other companies. We switch to Aetena and we saved hundreds of dollars per year.

3 years ago

I belonged to aarp manu years ago before o became aware of how far to the left they were.i dropped my membership a long timr ago and refuse to have anything to do with them

Dorothy Ayer
3 years ago

“Groups partnering with AARP include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the March of Dimes.”

This is a wake-up! Graft and corruption exposed! I will not give one penny to them again, either! Not surprisingly, the March of Dimes supports abortion on demand, also. I haven’t supported them for years. You wonder how many tentacles this thing has, anyway????? Power and money- that’s the key.

Bauer Nancy
3 years ago

I to have belonged to AARP to buy United Healthcare Ins. I’ve read that UHC is being sued for millions of dollars for Medicare fraud. I’ll be switching to another insurance company. I have had AMAC for years for information in general. As others have stated, AARP is truly the right hand of extreme left. I like to leave comments on their articles recommending the views of AMAC. ?

2 years ago

I FINALLY got AARP to stop sending me crap by cutting everything up in the envelope and sending it back in their return reply envelope. I saw what AARP was all about years before I even turned 50. It took a few times but I think they got the message finally. Haven’t seen anything for years! They don’t give a rip about seniors. They are an arm of the progressives.

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