McCain: AARP ‘Betrayed’ Members by Supporting Health Reform

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Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Democrats have been cheering the recent AARP endorsement of health reform legislation, with good reason. The group represents roughly 40 million Americans, granting it plenty of lobbying clout and power around election time. But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn’t impressed. Branding AARP as “that liberal, Democratic group,” McCain today urged members to quit the association, arguing that its support for the scaled-back Medicare spending in the Democrats’ bill is a stab in the back to seniors.

“Take your AARP card, cut it in half and send it back,” he said. “They’ve betrayed you.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because McCain said almost precisely the same thing last month when AARP endorsed the House bill.

Lost in the argument is AARP’s nuanced reasoning that the Democrats’ bill would preserve benefits under the traditional Medicare program, even if it scaled back some services under Medicare Advantage, the confusingly named program in which the government pays private insurance companies to cover Medicare patients.

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25 Comments

Glock
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

I am 51 and will never join AARP!


strangely_enough
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

Somehow, I'll don't think they will mind…


Glock
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

You are correct. AARP will do well with Democrat/Liberal $$$…our taxes $$$ at work. HA HA!


republicanstupidity
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

AND??? WE ARE SUPPOSE TO CARE WHY?


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Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

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Glock
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

Merry Christmas – oops sorry I guess that doesn't fly here with you libs. Wake up you idiots!


republicanstupidity
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

THAT PROVES MY POINT NO FUCKING BRAINS


Glock
Comment posted December 3, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

Oh what language from you libs – again “you idiots”


george coolidge
Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 2:12 am

“Lost in the argument is AARP’s nuanced reasoning that the Democrats’ bill would preserve benefits under the traditional Medicare program, even if it scaled back some services under Medicare Advantage . . .”

Nuanced reasoning? I've got your nuance right here: AARP has about $1 billion a year of revenue, and about 60% of it comes from supplemental insurance policies they sell. (1) Medicare Advantage undercuts AARP's insurance biz, so they are glad to see it go. (2) Under any Dem plan, the supplemental policies that AARP sells will be in greater demand, as seniors will need MORE insurance to offset FEWER Medicare benefits.


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Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

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Glock
Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

Oh, those bad words again – mommy gonna kick your butt again – or is that the problem – no daddy at your home all those years…


republicanstupidity
Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

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Glock
Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

You must be a boy of color – like your daddy the president.


republicanstupidity
Comment posted December 5, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

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Glock
Comment posted December 5, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

Time is right to leave, I have had my fun pushing your buttons. Try harder in the future not to let others push those buttons as easily as I have – Good Luck!


republicanstupidity
Comment posted December 6, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

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Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 8:01 am

Lost in the argument is AARP’s nuanced reasoning that the Democrats’ bill would preserve benefits under the traditional Medicare program, even if it scaled back some services under Medicare Advantage . . .”


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Comment posted August 4, 2010 @ 5:20 am

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Comment posted August 31, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

No matter what everyone says, this is the quickest way for a real reform, and I'm positive that Mr. Obama knows what he's doing. Despite all the allegations, he had to reconstruct country that was on the verge of destruction, and I truly believe that Americans will one day all have the Life Insurance, the medicine and the cover they need.


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