AARP Position on Health Care Reform

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    Where We Stand Health Reform—The Time to Act Is Now
    Source: From the AARP Bulletin print edition | September 1, 2009
    http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourhealth/policy/articles/nu09_randhansenhcr.html

    Dear AARP Members,

    Health care is dominating the news these days—and it should. All sides agree on the diagnosis: While America’s health care system is known for research and innovation, it unfortunately costs too much, wastes too much, makes too many mistakes and gives us back too little value for our money.
    Rarely does a policy issue touch so closely to each of our lives. We hear every day from members who tell us heartbreaking stories … the 60-year-old who couldn’t afford her insurance and had to declare bankruptcy … the 80-year-old who can’t afford to fill his prescriptions … the 50-year-old breast cancer survivor crushed by health costs for her parents’ care and unable to get insurance for herself because of her preexisting condition.

    Since health care is so personal yet big—accounting for a sixth of our nation’s economy—the solutions are complicated and confusing. There are many difficult questions to sort through, and reasonable people disagree on the wisdom of many specific proposals. Each of us owes it to ourselves to get educated on the issue and decide about these tough choices.
    AARP is fighting to make sure health reform will:

    Lower drug costs and strengthen Medicare. Close the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole,” ensure patients’ access to their doctors, not increase copays, and crack down on fraud and wasteful spending.

    Protect your health care choices. Make sure you can choose your doctor, your health insurance plan and where to receive care.
    End discrimination by insurance companies. Prevent insurance companies from denying you coverage because of a preexisting condition or using age to price Americans ages 50 to 64 out of affordable, quality health insurance.
    Guarantee stable, affordable coverage. Ensure you have the security of knowing that if you lose or change jobs, you will be able to get affordable, quality health insurance.

    The cost of doing nothing is unacceptable. Without reform, a family’s premiums for health insurance will almost double by 2016 to over $24,000. Medicare enrollees have already seen their premiums more than double this decade, and they already spend a third of their income on out-of-pocket health costs.

    Despite the tremendous need for health care reform, many of you have expressed confusion, skepticism and even fear about what Congress is proposing.

    These concerns are understandable. There has been a lot of misinformation and fear-mongering in this debate. From allegations about rationing care to wild reports of government-sponsored euthanasia, the rumors just keep getting crazier. Haven’t we all had enough?

    Throughout the debate, we want to help you cut through the noise and find the facts about what health care reform means for you and your family.
    AARP has been working with Republican and Democratic leaders for years, and we will continue to do so. To be clear: AARP has not endorsed any comprehensive health care reform bill—but we are fighting for a solution that improves health care for our members.

    At the end of the day, the standard that AARP will use to judge the legislation is simple: Will this legislation improve health care and provide peace of mind to our members and their families?

    We urge you to make your voice heard. Tell Congress not to let myths get in the way of fixing health care.

    Sincerely,
    A. Barry Rand, CEO
    Jennie Chin Hansen, President
     
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    AARP is on the take.

    That has to be the only reason they would become advocates for a policy that will hurt so many of their members.
     
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    People are leaving AARP by daily because of their position on health care.
     
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    I cancelled my membership over two weeks ago. I don't care what they say they are on board with OBAMACARE.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm for Healthcare Reform but not the House Democratic Version and AARP is high on that plan!!!

    Why can't the House and Senate get together and give us what we want?
     
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    No they aren't. Do you have any numbers to back this up? AARP has always stood for better health care except the failed Medicare prescription plan introduced by Bush.
     
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    alatide, read the article
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    I was a member for several years until I saw a cartoon in their magazine that was just not called for. I wrote them a letter and told them I would like for them to stop sending me their magazine.

    They kicked me out and sent me a refund :tonofbricks:

    That is what you get when you disagree with them :thumbsup:

    Not that I care about the outfit anyway!
     
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    AARP does not have the welfare of it's members in mind when they overcharge for insurance policies sold through them.

    In 2007, they made almost $500 million in royalties from overcharging their members.

    I believe they have been promised something (probably a clear field to keep raking in the dough) by the Obama administration.

    They're on the take and it's all about money , not the welfare of their members.
     
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    That's a lie, Troll.

    They endorsed the Bush plan as well.

    Why? Royalties from their prescription drug card program.
     
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    You're the one responding to him.
     
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    Here are some numbers.

    "CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group's position on health care."

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/17/eveningnews/main5247916.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody


    Now do you have any numbers to back up your claim that AARP is not losing members?

    I suggest that you be sure to read whatever you put up first though. It may not actually be saying what you think that it is.
     
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    Informed minds think alike
     
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    Same article puts this in the proper perspective further down.

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    AARP says for a group with 40 million members that adds hundreds of thousands each month, losing 60 thousand is just a drop in the bucket.
     
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    So you are conceding that AARP is losing members over their support for the plan? Yes?
     
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    Sure. Large organizations lose and gain people every month. Some are disgruntled over one issue or another. Do you understand that a loss of 60,000 represents 0.15% of the organization and that they gained more people last month than they lost? I'd be so brash as to say that some of those people they gained was because of their support for improved health care.
     
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    Have you seen the ads?

    AARP is now spending millions of dollars pushing the program through advertising.

    They must stand to make oodles of money under Obamacare.
     
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    AARP pushes programs that are good for senior citizens just like NOW pushes things that they think are good for women. It's as simple as that.
     
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    They're interested in making mony, not in taking care of their members.
     
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    I left AARP some 15 (+/-) years ago due to their overtly liberal agenda.

    Nothing has changed since then to even nudge me to re-think my position.
     
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    AARP has always been a leftist organization and I have never belonged!
     

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