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Shame, Shame, AARP.

Dear Editor:

Have you seen the political ad on TV by AARP – the one where the AARP member threatens any politician who would dare to suggest that entitlement programs need to be reformed?

We all know that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will blow up in our faces in the not to distant future- they are unsustainable as presently constituted.  One senior senator explained why he would do nothing to save the program by saying he would be dead by the time the country went bust so he didn’t care.

Just like that senator, “Kick the can down the road “ is AARP’s solution to the problem.

A more selfish disregard for our children and grandchildren could never have been imagined in this country 50 years ago.  AARP’s attitude of  “I want mine” will destroy this country.

Shame, Shame, AARP.

Terry L. Smith

ObamaCare Backer AARP Gets Exemption From ObamaCare

From Moonbattery:

You might have wondered how the American Association of Retired Persons could throw its money and influence behind ObamaCare. True like most establishment associations it is run by moonbats, but it still has to look out for the interests of retirees or there’s no point to its existence — and ObamaCare is about as friendly to seniors as Obama’s foreign policy is to Israel. Now comes the explanation — supporting ObamaCare earned the AARP an exemption from it:

The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt “Medigap” policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.

Insurance providers who aren’t exempt from Obamacare’s rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.

The AARP is the nation’s biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare won’t cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies’ biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.

As Big Government metastasizes, corruption spreads with it. The technical term for this process is Obamunism.

GOP going after AARP?

From Hot Air:

The era of transparency has been taking some tricky twists and turns lately, and not all of the focus has been on the federal government. Unions, public broadcasting and others have come under scrutiny. The next subject of investigation, if certain Republicans have their way at least, will be AARP.

House Republican tax-writers want the IRS to investigate whether AARP should lose its tax-exempt status.

In a letter sent to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman Friday, Reps. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Charles Boustany (R-La.) say a recent congressional probe “gave rise to a number of serious concerns regarding AARP’s organizational structure and activities, and it raised questions about whether AARP continues to qualify as a tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Service Code (IRC) 501(c)4.”

A 40-page report recently released by the trio of lawmakers accuses AARP of refusing to provide information about its practices.

We can either dance around what we’re supposed to say when politicians get up to activities such as this or we can refuse to pull any punches and just tell it like it is. On the surface, every organization in the nation has to follow the existing rules regarding taxation. If you find tax exempt groups skirting those regulations they need to be brought into line or have their status changed.

But that’s not what’s really going on here, is it?

AARP is huge, with nearly 36 million members, and they’ve been around for so long they’re practically an institution. (Full disclosure: Yes, I’m a member. Yes, I think they provide some terrific services and programs.) And they’re operating pretty much as they always have. But a number of prominent Republican leaders are still upset that AARP supported Obamacare. And it’s been made clear already that AARP isn’t going to sign on for any major cuts or restructuring in Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security if seniors view it as endangering the benefits they receive or those still to come to their grandchildren. So now the GOP is considering taking the whip to them.

AARP is probably a lot more leery of playing ball on any entitlement changes this year. The last time they endorsed a move to make changes to one of the programs nearly 50,000 of their members quit in protest and they were left to deal with the backlash. It’s not just a “third rail” for politicians.

This is one tactic which the Republicans should look long and hard at before moving forward. If they wish to ride the white stallion of purity and say they simply want all non-profits to follow the law, then fine. It’s a noble sentiment, but they had better be ready to pay the price. Politically it looks like a suicide play. In case the leadership needs reminding, seniors vote at a more consistent rate than any other age group, and they are also the demographic group most likely to skew conservative and vote Republican. And for the most part, they like AARP.

A Republican attack on AARP for blatantly obvious partisan, political reasons could blow up in their faces. And doing this would probably just open the door for their opponents to begin calling for similar “purity driven” investigations of other non-profit groups who Republicans might not be so excited to go after, such as the Chamber of Commerce. Oh, wait… it’s already happening.

The whydunit of AARP’s support for ObamaCare

From Hot Air:

Greg Hengler at Townhall puts together this stylized, noir-detective look at the “mystery” of AARP’s political support for ObamaCare.  Call it The Mystery of the Senior Swindle if you will, or How To Make A Billion Dollars Without Really Trying. All you need to do is get Congress to create a market for you by swinging a lobbying hammer around Washington DC, and let the Democrats do your dirty work for you:

Interestingly, the Left erupted in outrage when GE’s tax breaks became public (and inaccurately reported by the New York Times). Where’s the outrage over AARP pushing a massive government expansion over the health-care market that puts a billion dollars into their pockets? Forget it, Jake; it’s Leftytown.

The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity warned about this back in November:

Because of the way Medicare is structured, seniors have to purchase an insurance policy that fills the gap between what Medicare covers and what it doesn’t. Bigger gap, less coverage; less coverage, greater need to purchase Medicare Supplemental insurance; greater need for Medicare Supplemental Insurance, bigger AARP profits.

For years, AARP made a fortune selling Medigap insurance to fill in those gaps.  Then, Congress created Medicare Advantage, an alternative to the Medicare Supplemental Medigap policies sold by AARP.  That cut into AARP’s Medigap business.

If ObamaCare is allowed to undermine Medicare Advantage plans, as the Congressional Budget Office confirms it will, AARP stands to benefit enormously as seniors are forced to return in droves to purchase AARP’s Medigap Supplemental plans.

There you have it.  While no one can read the mind of AARP executives to know their motivations in joining forces with the White House to jam ObamaCare into law, the observable indicators are unambiguously clear:  AARP appears to have betrayed its members to feather its own corporate nest.

If it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

Expect to hear more about this in the weeks ahead.

AARP’s Billion Dollar ObamaCare Windfall

From Big Government:

Ever since the passage of ObamaCare, I’ve been perplexed by a lingering question: Why did AARP so aggressively lobby for passage of the law? After all, the plan was built on $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. Even in Washington, half a trillion dollars is still a ton of money. Medicare is sacrosanct among America’s senior citizens. It was unfathomable to me that the nation’s largest membership association of seniors would, not just not oppose the cuts, but would actively lobby for them. It didn’t make any sense.

Mostly, I just chalked up AARP’s actions to its general leftist, partisan leanings. Medicare cuts by Republicans are bad, but cuts by Democrats to increase government involvement in health care are okay. Boy, was I wrong.

According to this blockbuster report, released today by the House Ways and Means Committee, AARP’s support of ObamaCare and, specifically, the Medicare cuts was entirely rational and self-serving. The Committee found, after an 18 month investigation, that AARP stands to reap an extra billion dollars in profits from ObamaCare. (Yes, that is billion with a B.) Worse, this extra profit is largely BECAUSE of the Medicare cuts.

AARP’s members may face uncertainty over their future health care because of the cuts, but AARP faces certain windfall profits for itself.

Read the rest at Big Government.

Letter to the Editor — Financial Reform and AARP

Editor’s Note — This letter was sent to local newspapers by Terry Smith.  Although Terry is an officer of Whitley County Patriots, his opinions do not automatically reflect official ‘positions’ of WCP.


Dear Editor:

I encourage all right thinking members of AARP to cancel their membership. 

AARP has embarked on a campaign to encourage people to support Obama’s take over of the American banking system.  It published a full page ad in the Sunday 18 Apr 10 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and their radio ads can be heard on Fort Wayne’s WOWO radio station.

These ads are misleading in that they blame the banking industry for the massive bank bailout.   This can not be further from the truth.  The crash of the housing market was directly caused by federal laws and regulations.

The Community Development Act of 1977 was a Jimmy Carter law.  The Clinton’s Justice Department demanded that banks make housing loans regardless of lender qualification.  The Bush administration on nine occasions asked Congress to change these  lending laws but these efforts were thwarted by the ethically challenged Chris Dodd and Charles Rangel.

The derivatives that AARP blames on investment companies were the products of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both of which are creatures of Congress.  At the end of the Clinton administration, his people moved to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and were paid Million dollar salaries and huge bonuses for creating the housing mortgage derivative market for all of the subprime housing mortgages they purchased.

The bubble burst and we went through phase 1 of the real estate market bust.  The next wave is the re-defaults by home owners whose mortgages were rewritten after their first default, and a new bubble involving FHA.

Obama’s SEC voted on party lines to sue Goldman Sachs, not for any criminal violation but for civil fraud pertaining to derivatives even though the real perpetrators of the fraud were Clinton’s stooges at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  And any civil penalty rendered against Obama’s supporters  at Goldman Sachs will be paid from bailout money received from their buddy Timmy Geithner.  Its all a sham, its all political, but it all has a purpose.

The purpose of the finance industry takeover bill is not to fix lending practices but to take over the finance industry.  The purpose of the SEC lawsuit is to demonize banks.  The purpose of the AARP ads is to stir up hate.

AARP’s duplicity cannot go unchallenged.  Cancel your membership now!

Signed, Terry L. Smith

God Bless America

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