The American Association of Retired Persons announced today that it is supporting the Democratic House health care legislation
The reason? According to the AARPBulletintoday
AARP Chief Executive A. Barry Rand said the organization supports the
House bill over other proposals because the measure does more to lower
drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries,
strengthen Medicare and bar insurance companies from denying people
coverage because of their health or age. The bill also would also lower
premiums for Americans ages 50 to 64 who have to buy insurance in the
private market and create a long-term care insurance program.
Bonnie Cramer, chair of AARP's volunteer advisory board, said one key
factor in the organization's decision to support the House bill was
that it won't add to the national deficit. "Our members are worried
about financial security for their children and grandchildren," she
These are two reasons that I'm not renewing my AARP membership. First, AARP is basically an interest group--one of the nation's most powerful--whose guiding principle is "me, me, me." Seniors constitute one of the nation's most selfish lobbies. Senior discounts here, free transit rides there....there's no end to it.
Second, when did Ms. Cramer arrive from her planet? She asserts that the bill wouldn't add to the national deficit, clearly an arguable point, if not utter nonsense. 'Our members are worried about the financial security for their children and grandchildren," she said. If they truly did, they would oppose this budget buster.
This is from a senior (who's in the doughnut hole), and one who is thankful for medicare and the other boons the nation has granted to me. But, please, let's not push anymore of the tab for our benefits on to the ensuing generations. While outrageously pretending that we're not.