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Democrats Fear GOP Probes Are Muzzling AARP In Medicare Fight

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Democrats Fear GOP Probes Are Muzzling AARP In Medicare Fight

Post by Quiethawk on Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:54 pm

It was the GOP plan along.....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/15/democrats-fear-gop-probes-muzzle-aarp_n_849939.html
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Post by Phillymg on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:40 pm

The last couple of weeks have noticed that TP Bots that comment after various stories around the web had added 'get rid of the AARP' to their standard rants. Wondered what that was all about. It's an unwise tactic on the part of the TP. It will backfire on them. It's good that somebody is coming out to defend the AARP even if the writer does it in such a strange way.....seeming to attack them for inaction. They've done plenty & bully for them. Unbelievable there are House hearings against them. That's probably Darrell Issa in action. Anything to get the Republicans elected.....even if it means tossing the seniors overboard. The seniors will have something to say about that.....at the ballot box in 2012.

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Post by Quiethawk on Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:14 am

It's sad that AARP never stood up for the unemployed as we all spoke about last year, and they still continue to stay silent since the unemployed don't have money to help AARP, but it is really amazing to see the GOP go after every supporter of Obama, and the Dems... I have a feeling the 2012 election cycle is going to be Vicious I think it will be the worst that has ever been seen....
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Post by Phillymg on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:24 am

QH--

The AARP has been in the fight for the 99ers at least since Sept. 2010.

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/news-09-2010/long_term_unemployed_aim_to_become_a_political_force.html

(99ers mentioned in the article--in alphabetical order)
Scott Mathewson
Cindy Paoletti
Gregg Rosen
Michael White
Kelly Wiedemer

It's really easy for those outside an advocacy organization to say that the members of that group aren't *doing enough*. Alot of people probably say that about DAWU. I have faith & confidence in AARP.

Why do you think that the Republicans are attacking them?? Because they have supported the Unemployment Exhaustees since the first.

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Post by Quiethawk on Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:14 pm

Thanks Philly never heard about this article.... The main reason the GOP is going after AARP is because they came out in support of Healthcare Reform....
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Post by Gigi on Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:39 pm

The GOP party can't touch the giant AARP. AAPR has enrolled between 7 to 40 million people plus billions of dollars in the bank. They are lobbyists and have the money to pay off all the democrats. They will block all of GOP's efforts to destroy Medicare Program and it makes the GOP party angry. Too bad for the GOP because they are fighting with a giant that won't back down.

"Once known as the American Association of Retired Persons, AARP is one of the most powerful political lobbies in Washington. It spent $21 million last year building up its close ties to Democrats in Congress and exerting massive political influence in Washington, D.C., and state capitals. It takes in tens of millions of dollars in federal grants annually as a registered nonprofit charity and its for-profit corporation makes millions of dollars licensing the AARP brand name. AARP reported revenue of over $1 billion and assets of $994 million in 2008.

AARP enrolls anyone over age 50 as a member, which is why the group changed its name and why it has 39 million members. For a low annual membership fee of $16, AARP members enjoy discounts on everything from hotels to flowers. But membership is actually a loss leader. What really brings in revenue is the money AARP gets by licensing out its well-known name to for-profit companies, such as health insurers.

That means AARP is a player in the health insurance industry -- a fact that complicates its support for the Obama healthcare overhaul that many critics say will harm AARP members."

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=36188

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Post by aloneinpa on Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:31 pm

Absolutely Phillymg and Gigi, the R's/TP's can rant all they want, but AARP is on the side of senior citizens including those age 50 and up, the disabled, unemployed, etc and will fight back against the GOP. I believe that the GOP group has just swatted a huge hornets net, and it makes me smile. Very Happy
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