The answer may be greed. The AARP has been a strong supporter of Obamacare for the last several months. This position is not held by most of their membership. Many AARP members have resigned over the leadership's position. So, why is the AARP supporting the Democrat's health care overhaul? It isn't concern for providing coverage to their membership. Most seniors have insurance or are covered under Medicare. The reason the AARP supports Obamcare appears to be money. Under the Democrats health care reform plan, $162 billion in payments to privately-administered Medicare Advantage will be cut. This will force many seniors into government-administered plans with less generous benefits. Then, these seniors will need supplemental coverage sold by (drum roll please) the AARP. When private health insurance company Humana tried to warn seniors about the cuts in Medicare Advantage in a mailer, the HHS ordered them to stop sending the mailer and take the information off their website. However, if you want to issue a bulletin supporting the Democrats position that $500 billion can be cut from the Medicare budget without causing any cuts to senior's benefits, HHS doesn't have a problem with you.
From American Spectator:
President Obama and Democrats have proposed saving money to pay for health care legislation, in part, by cutting $162 billion in payments to Medicare Advantage, which allows Medicare recipients to choose privately-administered coverage. If these changes go through, millions of seniors who have chosen Medicare Advantage would lose their current coverage, forcing them into government-administered plans with less generous benefits. As a result, many of them would have to purchase policies to supplement traditional Medicare. Enter AARP.
In 2008, AARP generated $652.7 million in revenue by selling products like Medigap supplemental Medicare insurance, accounting for over 60 percent of the group's revenue...