All during the Obamacare debate, I cautioned readers that AARP was a snake-in-the-grass, openly supporting Obama’s healthcare agenda for the benefit of its leadership’s political ambitions rather than protecting its constituency of senior citizens. That they were more interested in promoting the profit-side of their insurance referral business selling their medi-gap insurance rather than protecting seniors against a $500 BILLION cut to the Medicare Advantage program.
And now their employees are paying the price, suffering along with the rest of us …
|According to the Associated Press … |
Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs
AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.
In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.
And AARP adds that it's changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.
The big lie?
“AARP officials say the organization's public policy recommendations are made independently of other considerations, including its range of business ventures, from travel, to insurance, to publishing.”
I don’t believe this for a minute. AARP’s leadership was mostly about supporting Obama and Obamacare – and to preserve its billion dollar revenue stream from selling insurance referrals and other services to seniors. AARP’s lower-level employees seem to mean as little to AARP as do their constituency of senior citizens.
Putting tax loopholes above employee welfare and benefits?
“The 40 million-strong AARP represents people 50 and older, including retirees on Medicare and Social Security. Its endorsement of health care overhaul came at a critical time last year, days before a close vote on the House floor.”
“AARP warned its employees that more cost-shifting could be in store. "AARP intends to make similar changes, as necessary, in the future to avoid the (health plan) tax," said Hodges' e-mail.”
Bottom line …
AARP is more about selling insurance referrals and other products to seniors than it is about protecting the seniors it serves. And it also appears that they are more willing to adopt Obama’s Marxist politics of sharing the pain and engaging in wealth redistribution than fight for senior citizen rights.
Perhaps the senior leadership of AARP has to resign or be fired in disgrace to bring transparency and accountability back to the organization.
I will have a hard time forgiving the leadership of AARP as it acted like a “Judas Goat” urging its senior citizen constituency to support Obama and Obamacare – knowing they were cutting Medicare programs and instituting a program of cost-cutting denial, delay and death specifically targeted at senior citizens.
Something to consider when dealing with AARP.
Reference Links …
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell