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AARP CEO Barry Rand is a huge contributor to Obama and shared a similar background as a leftist community activist with ties to ACORN and SEIU and said he dedicated his life to champion “social justice” (i.e., “socialism”) causes. He literally hijacked the decades-old non-partisan membership base and in the cover of darkness perverted AARP into his own personal leftist activist organization for his own political and monetary gain.
The AARP use to be a non-partisan advocacy group for seniors, but has transformed into a mega broker of insurance products that now makes two to three times on sales of it AARP logo’d products than they do on membership dues, so AARP’s interest now lie in protecting its sales revenues even at the expense of no longer honestly representing its members. Obamacare kills the Medicare Advantage programs, which AARP hopes will drive hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues from seniors forced into Medigap products like AARP sells. This is why they never asked what we members wanted, and instead sold us out.
AARP is counting on the fact that many seniors do not have access to forums like this where the truth is told about this “new AARP” (the Association AGAINST Retired People). All they get are the monthly AARP propaganda mailings. The best thing you can do is contact your Congressional representatives and let them know that AARP does NOT speak for you, and also let any and all friends of yours who are seniors what has become of AARP and how they are using people’s dues money to fund leftist activities (including joint projects with SEIU and ACORN). Oh, yeah, dump AARP and go to alternatives like the 60+ Association or the American Seniors Association, the latter which just sent this news release out yesterday:
Medicare must not be gutted'
AMERICAN SENIORS ASSN: 'AARP BACKS MEDICARE CUTS'
ATLANTA - "It is outrageous that the left-wing AARP endorses a multi-trillion dollar, governmental takeover of healthcare in pending Senate legislation, but it is absolutely incredible that it betrays its senior citizen membership by supporting $460 billion in Medicare cuts to pay for the takeover," says Stuart Barton, president of the American Seniors Association (ASA) representing hundreds of thousands of members nationwide.
"AARP CEO Barry Rand claims the legislation doesn't reduce any Medicare benefits and only seeks to eliminate Medicare fraud and waste, yet that is simply not true," Barton says. "Democrat and Republican senators have rightly countered that this bill hurts seniors' add-on benefits that are part of the coverage under private insurance Medicare. ASA also agrees with those senators who underscore that Medicare must not be used as a piggy bank to pay for other programs."
"The AARP has sold out to congressional Democrat leaders and the White House so it can have a monopoly on selling insurance and thus reap profits under Obamacare. The AARP is not standing up for seniors, but ASA is fighting," Barton says. "We appreciate senators - Republican, Democrat and Independent - who oppose socialistic control over our healthcare, who want Americans to be able to choose their own healthcare provider and insurer, and who are working to derail this legislative monstrosity."
"The AARP continues to lose thousands and thousands of members because of its lobbying for Obamacare, higher taxes and big government-- and that is why ASA is getting even more torn-up AARP cards in our mail and why our alternative group's membership is rapidly growing every day," Barton notes.