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AARP CEO on Health Care Reform Developments

March 3, 2010

AARP Media Relations,, (202) 434-2560

AARP CEO on Health Care Reform Developments

WASHINGTON—AARP CEO A. Barry Rand released this statement today following President Obama’s remarks on health care reform.

“Last week, as Congressional leaders and White House officials from both political parties gathered to renew bipartisan discussion on health care reform, AARP offered to help them continue progress by lowering the external political pressure that can prevent compromise.  We pledged to rein in our activities in the public debate as long as they continued to work together constructively.  Both sides deserve some credit for exchanging ideas and shared priorities, however it is clear that there is no bipartisan solution in sight.

“While we are disappointed, we are re-engaging in the public debate because health care reform is too important to remain silent.  We will continue fighting for the priorities of our members and their families, including protecting guaranteed Medicare benefits, lowering prescription drug costs by closing the Medicare Part D ‘doughnut hole’ coverage gap, stopping insurance companies from denying affordable care based on age or pre-existing conditions, and increasing access to home- and community-based services so older Americans can get the services they need to live in their homes.”

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization 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 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, 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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