Somebody PLEASE start a rabid movement to force the imposters using the name AARP to stop doing so. They must be forced to admit they are nothing more than insurance brokers and no longer have the best interest of seniors, present and future, at heart. If anything, they are in their sites.
Their “Code of Ethics” doesn’t even mention representing seniors, and focuses on the “common good,” which makes one strongly wonder why they continue to use the name AARP? If you go to their site, you will see insurance pimped at every corner. They heavily try to recruit people over 50 and offer nothing in the way of affordable health insurance for them, but instead want to sell them home owners, life and auto insurance for their sponsors, metropolitan Life….at prices that you can easily get without AARP. AARP is so obviously an insurance broker, their mention of “conflict of interest” is laughable. The more of medicare people lose, the more AARPs insurance program people salivate to “pick up the slack”. Their aiding and abetting of the skewering of the people their name suggests they represent goes all the way back to Newt Gingrich underground days, when their Director worked with his good friend Newt to start the process of cutting Medicare benefits via Bill Frist, who, incidentally scurried away from Congress after that little problem with his Blind Trust. Imagine putting a man whose family private hospital business was fined three-quarters of a billion dollars for Medicare fraud in charge of Medicare “Reform”. And imagine AARP helping him out, because that’s exactly what they did. Certain cancer treatments were cut from Medicare that year, along with hundreds of millions of dollars “saved” routed to God Knows Where. If I recall correctly, AARP was the recipient of some of the grant money associated with that “Reform”.
WASHINGTON—AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could rock Washington’s debate over how to revamp the nation’s entitlement programs.
The decision, which AARP hasn’t discussed publicly, came after a wrenching debate inside the organization. In 2005, the last time Social Security was debated, AARP led the effort to kill President George W. Bush’s plan for partial privatization. AARP now has concluded that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain.
“The ship was sailing. I wanted to be at the wheel when that happens,” said John Rother, AARP’s long-time policy chief and a prime mover behind its change of heart.
Oh yeah, Mr. Rother, that ship’s propeller is running right over seniors and future seniors, and you know it. But you get to sit in First Class, don’t you? Those who aren’t yet under your propeller can just be helped onto their own special ship, reserved just for their future “golden” years. Just be sure to remember to paint over that Titanic name before you help them on board. No wonder you haven’t “Discussed” your decision “Publicly”.
The shift, which has been vetted by AARP’s board and is now the group’s stance, could have a dramatic effect on the debate surrounding the future of the federal safety net, from pensions to health care, given the group’s immense clout.
You just have to ask yourself, do you not?: What kind of American Association of Retired Persons never uses their full name anymore and uses their “immense clout” to help whittle away at the best interests of the elderly, current and future–all while calling themselves a lobbying organization for seniors?
Decrepit Alan Simpson, who has lived well off the public teat like his daddy before him, for most of his adult life, and who now receives full senatorial pay in his ‘retirement,’ is very happy with this little group of insurance bandits who have hijacked AARP.
“If they come around and say they’re ready to do something, it will be like the Arctic icecap cracking,” said former Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairman of a White House commission on the deficit. He has frequently assailed the group as a barrier to progress.
Funny, how Mr. Simpson doesn’t see a thing wrong with HIS full retirement “plan” which is fully subsidized by the taxpayers. The lovely Mr. Simpson, who has managed to get meaner with age, even though they said it couldn’t be done, was personally appointed by Mr. Barack “I am not the one attacking social security” Obama to act in the capacity of Frontman for Obama’s intentions.
For more on AARP and Alan ‘Hooray for me and the hell with you” Simpson–as well as Dick Armey’s attempts to snatch up disenfranchised AARP members at times like this — by encouraging them to join “his” senior organization, so that he can do what AARP wants to do even faster, please see:
Here. Have some AARP love, brought to you by a little AARP pissant who finds these old people so damned annoying.
See AARP scurry away like rats when buttonholed with some pointed questions about their endorsement of Obamacare.