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Old 04-01-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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AARP is being investigated on the hundreds of millions dollars they get from all their scams health ins.etc.
They are supposed to be a non profit organization
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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AARP is being investigated on the hundreds of millions dollars they get from all their scams health ins.etc.
They are supposed to be a non profit organization
Yeah, seems like they are going to benefit majorly from some of the things in Obamacare.

"The new 34-page report purports to document how AARP stands to reap "a financial windfall" of more than $1 billion over the next decade as a result of the new health-care law."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...6_aarp31m.html

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Upload...DF_3_29_11.pdf
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yeah, I am quite underwhelmed by the AARP and have never joined. Supposedly it is an advocacy organization for seniors, and nothing wrong with that, as the United States is full of advocacy organizations for all sorts of groups and causes, even for animals. However, as such, why would the AARP have been such a staunch advocate of the specific health reform legislation which has come to be known as Obamacare? I am not arguing here either for or against that legislation, but when considered from the vantage point of seniors, an "anti" position would have been more logical. Why? Because we seniors have ours and it is called Medicare - we are already taken care of! I admit that is a selfish and narrow point of view, not a point of view which embraces the good of the country as a whole. However, I would remind you that the AARP is supposed to advocate for seniors specifically. Sounds like they have been advocating for themselves, or for some unspecified agenda, not for seniors.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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Sounds like they have been advocating for themselves, or for some unspecified agenda, not for seniors.
Before you reach that conclusion, you may want to read another article in the same paper (and which was ironically linked to the Republican's attack on AARP):

Nation & World | Retiree health cost estimate falls, for a change | Seattle Times Newspaper

According to Fidelity Investments, lifetime health care costs for a 65 year old retired couple are projected to go down almost 10% specifically because of the new drug provisions in the Obamacare legislation.

Actually, what troubles me most about this whole discussion, is not that AARP might benefit, but that the federal government, specifically the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, is using the IRS as an attack dog to go after AARP specifically because they don't like AARP's position.

I don't know about you, but that sends a chill down my spine.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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In this instqance the IRS and justice dept are in fact representing the memebrs as the victims if true. AARP is like nay other oragniszation that has members who are foten the victims in such cases. Let justice do its job without anyone being immune to the laws is what i say.A federl garnd jury of citizens can then decide if the finding are presented.PS-the justice dept is under the Obama adminitration who brings the charge to the gran jury;not a republican adminsitration.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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In this instqance the IRS and justice dept are in fact representing the memebrs as the victims if true. AARP is like nay other oragniszation that has members who are foten the victims in such cases. Let justice do its job without anyone being immune to the laws is what i say.A federl garnd jury of citizens can then decide if the finding are presented.PS-the justice dept is under the Obama adminitration who brings the charge to the gran jury;not a republican adminsitration.
Texdav, I don't normally comment on your typing ability or how you compose your posts, but to be perfectly honest, I haven't the slightest idea what you are trying to say here.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Yeah, I am quite underwhelmed by the AARP and have never joined. Supposedly it is an advocacy organization for seniors, and nothing wrong with that, as the United States is full of advocacy organizations for all sorts of groups and causes, even for animals. However, as such, why would the AARP have been such a staunch advocate of the specific health reform legislation which has come to be known as Obamacare? I am not arguing here either for or against that legislation, but when considered from the vantage point of seniors, an "anti" position would have been more logical. Why? Because we seniors have ours and it is called Medicare - we are already taken care of! I admit that is a selfish and narrow point of view, not a point of view which embraces the good of the country as a whole. However, I would remind you that the AARP is supposed to advocate for seniors specifically. Sounds like they have been advocating for themselves, or for some unspecified agenda, not for seniors.
Because AARP defines "senior" as 50 and up. Try being in your early 50s and getting private insurance.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Because AARP defines "senior" as 50 and up. Try being in your early 50s and getting private insurance.
We got it, from NC BC/BS a few years ago, when I was in my "50s".
Admittedly it is only MajMed with a $5G deductible, but all I/we needed.

There is a whole thread here on private insurance.

As for AARP, I used to belong/pay the yearly dues, but its magazine is full of little snippets, (all common sense, imo), promos for their programs, self-serving editorials, etc. I am taking a Pasadena on any more support of their deal, as what they have is of no consequence to my life style, imo.
GL, mD
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Sequim, WA
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I joined AARP a few years ago because I wanted to use the card for discounts when traveling. I have since discovered that...while using the card is nice, I can usually talk motel folks into a discount anyway if it's not a busy time of year. Most folks would rather accept less for a room than leaving it empty. I don't know if I will renew or not, but one dislike I have is that since joining, I get that steady stream of junk mail offering insurance, insurance, and insurance.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Because AARP defines "senior" as 50 and up. Try being in your early 50s and getting private insurance.
Well, OK, this is a good explanation of why the AARP would endorse the health care legislation. In other words, they were thinking about the best interests of their 50-65 demographic. But their 65-plus demographic was distinctly less than pleased about it, judging by the comments on their own website.

The AARP, and all the rest of us too, are free to define "senior" however they wish, but in my view calling a 50-year-old a senior is absurd to the max, unless you're trying to get more people to pay dues to your organization. When I was 50 - I am 67 now - I would have been outraged to be called a senior. It just doesn't make any sense from any point of view I can imagine. I don't really see that it makes any sense for me to receive discounts at movies, restaurants, and other places either, even at 67, but I finally started taking them anyway at some point. Yes, I am aware that the cost of private health insurance keeps going up the older one gets, but this is a gradual thing and I don't know that it's possible to name a specific cut-off point for it. From people I know, the cut-off point between expensive but doable and ridiculously expensive seems to be about 60 (but I stress the "about").
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