Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's On: GOP Goes After AARP Over Obamacare Support

The AARP was a strong supporter of Obamacare. Considering the $500 billion in Medicare cuts in the bill, this seems strange. Republicans think they know why the AARP sold out seniors. They make a lot of money selling seniors insurance and supplemental health insurance policies.
(The Hill)- The Ways and Means health and oversight subcommittees are hauling in the seniors lobby's executives before the panel for an April 1 hearing on how the group stands to benefit from the law, among other topics. Republicans say AARP supported the law's $200 billion in cuts to the Medicare Advantage program because it stands to gain financially as seniors replace their MA plans with Medicare supplemental insurance — or Medigap — policies endorsed by the association.

The hearing will cover not only Medigap but "AARP’s organizational structure, management, and financial growth over the last decade."

 An embarrassing hearing would not only hit AARP back for its support of the law, but fits in with the GOP's mantra that the law was written behind closed doors to favor Democratic allies.

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