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AARP Continues Focus on Helping Older Americans Make Smart Health Care Decisions


January 19, 2011

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AARP Continues Focus on Helping Older Americans Make Smart Health Care Decisions

Association disappointed by House vote on health care law

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“AARP’s focus is on ensuring the Affordable Care Act is implemented in a way that best meets the needs of older Americans and their families.  We will continue to help our members and the public understand the new law so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.  AARP believes we must move forward to implement the ACA to strengthen Medicare and make affordable health care available to more Americans.”

On Tuesday, AARP sent a letter to Congress opposing repeal of the ACA.  In the letter, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand wrote, “While we respect that there are those who do not support the ACA, AARP opposes repeal because the new law includes many vital provisions important to older Americans and their children.”

A copy of the letter is available through the AARP Media Relations office.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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