Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Does AARP Endorse Obamacare?

President Obama today suggested that the health care reform legislation for which he’s pushing has been endorsed by the American Association of Retired Person.

“We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors,” the president said.

At another point he said: “Well, first of all, another myth that we've been hearing about is this notion that somehow we're going to be cutting your Medicare benefits. We are not. AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare, okay?”

The problem?

The AARP hasn't endorsed any plan yet.

The country's largest advocacy group for Americans over 50 issued a statement after the event saying, "While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate."

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The obvious first thought is, there goes Obama again. He is not new to "overstating" things.

I think though that this may take a closer look because actually AARP has been sending mixed signals on where they stand.

So what are your thoughts? Where is the truth here? Obama? AARP? In between?


Nickie Goomba said...

AARP will probably support it. In the past few years they've become little more than a Liberal lobbying group.

Z said...

Did you see their rep on O'Reilly last night? He pretty much said that they're not endorsing the bill as it is. They said they wouldn't buy rationing,etc.
This will be a real tough one for AARP, I think.....the rep was vehement about how they have Republicans and Democrats on the board, implying they don't favor any party. O'Reilly mentioned how the pres of AARP gave $9000 to Obama's campaign.
I have no problem with that, anybody should be able to give to whomever they want, but we all know that AARP is more liberal than conservative and I'm seeing people in the blogs saying they're quitting their AARP membership, etc. I think they'll endorse it in the end. rationing or no rationing..they'll spin it like Obama is and I'm hoping a LOT of people withdraw from the group.

MK said...

The truth? with Obama? LOL

You're really funny Chuck. That's the last place to look for the truth if you ask me.

cube said...

The people running AARP are mostly young liberals. They are sending mixed signals on obamacare because they realize that their members are running scared as details of the plan become known. They will obfuscate their intentions until they can support the plan and keep the highest membersheep possible.

LASunsett said...

They claim they are not supporting anything....yet. They claim they will wait to see the final draft of the bill.

That's the easy way out for now, but it will not surprise me if they have already cut their deal, with the government entities that are supportive of Obamacare.

Brooke said...

What a tough spot for the AARP... Support the Dem as usual, or stick by the seniors! HA!!!

As for Obama, he's so used to the liberal slant of such groups, he probably just assumed they support anything that comes out of his mouth.

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Randy said...

My wife was (past tense) a member of AARP. I read some of their comments about the plans for healthcare and decided not to renew her membership. It's good to hear that they aren't supporting it for now, but I have little faith in their direction.

(Incidentally, this was the year I was eligible to join - reached 50 in April - but I elected to trash the invitation).

Always On Watch said...

BHO is more than just a liar. He's a demagoguic, pathological liar.

I highly doubt that the AARP will support all the proposals in that monstrosity of a House bill for ObamaKare.

Chuck said...

Nickie, exactly

Z, I find it incredible that the AARP would endorse this but I think they will

MK, I've turned this into a humor column

Cube and LA, say just enough to keep everyone happy but endorse in the end

Brooke, the good thing aboutbeing a Dim President is the truth is not required

Mohan, umm, thanks

Randy, not quite there yet but have no interest either

AOW, agree in your assessment, not so sure about AARP