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AARP Bulletin of September 2012
posted at September 23, 2012 12:12 PM EDT
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Last: September 23, 2012
I have been and continue to be upset by the AARP's leftist bend toward Barack Obama and his Affordable Care Act. I know the article by Marsha Mercer indicates she is an independent journalist but that only means she works for herself - not that her views are objective and independent. She loses (as does AARP) all credibility by the first statement following "How Does the law affect my Medicare?", when she states: "Your guaranteed Medicare benefits are safe, and you can keep your own doctor."
It would be nice if Ms. Mercer also referred to the CBO report that indicates Medicare will, without adjustment, be bankrupt in ten years. To state that Medicare benefits are "safe" under these conditions is just NOT TRUE. Further, when she states that "you can keep your doctor" she fails to discuss the forthcoming cuts in fees payable to doctors under Medicare that will cast great doubt on whether "your own doctor" will wish to keep you.
Lastly, following the disgraceful booing of Paul Ryan during his recent address to the Association I am embarrassed to admit to being a member of AARP. Not only is Mr. Ryan trying to protect Medicare benefits for those citizens age 55 and above, but he is trying to make the program changes necessary to assure that Medicare is viable for the next generation. For citizens to boo a VP nominee - whether they agree or disagree - is shameful and expected more from a college crowd of 18-year olds than by mature citizens who should respect anyone willing to serve as President or Vice President under such trying times. I doubt anyone in that audience has ever been in a position of stress and responsibility analagous to a President or Vice President.