It’s a given that the older generation of our communities, long sedated by Government welfare benefits (in the form of Medicare and Socialist Security), will carry a great deal of weight in the coming election in November. Why? Because they have the most to gain (or lose) depending on which King is elected. This is where the monolithic AARP enters the picture. A supposedly nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, AARP claims to help people 50 years and older have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. However, AARP claims that they don’t endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. But do they really?
Concerning the recent October Presidential Debate, AARP’s website had this to say, “Presidential nominees Barack Obama and Mitt Romney discussed the future of Medicare and Social Security, the health of the economy and Washington gridlock — all major concerns for older Americans.”
However, a Congressional Report (House Ways and Means) from 2011 details that AARP stands to make a great deal of money of Obamacare. “The report, which is the culmination of more than a year-long investigation, concludes that AARP stands to make upwards of one billion dollars over the next ten years as a result of the new health care law through the sale of their endorsed-Medicare insurance products. The Members have now turned over their findings to the IRS to determine if AARP has abused its tax-exempt status, and whether or not that status should be revoked.”
Additionally, the report also claims that, “As a result of the new health care law, the Obama Administration estimates more than 7 million seniors will lose their current Medicare Advantage plans, resulting in a massive migration of seniors to Medigap plans. AARP is the nation’s leading provider of Medigap plans and has a contract in which AARP financially gains for every additional Medigap enrollee.”
The Examiner reveals AARP’s deceptive role even further by discussing Obama’s use of AARP in attack Romney during the October Presidential debate. “AARP has said that your plan would weaken Medicare substantially,” Obama said. “And that’s why they were supportive of the approach that we took…” and “Obama and Biden understandably assume they can use AARP’s name for their own purposes. The group owes them, because Obamacare will generate a lot of revenue for AARP.”
The Examiner continues: “Thanks to its cuts to Medicare Advantage, Obamacare is expected to expand the number of seniors buying ‘medigap’ supplemental insurance plans,” The Washington Examiner explained. “AARP controls 34 percent of the market for such plans. According to a 2011 House Ways and Means Committee report, AARP stands to make between $55 million and $166 million from Obamacare in 2014 alone.”