Surprising Talk From AARP on Health Care Reform
The American Association of Retired Persons, now just called AARP, has been around since 1958. It started as a teacher's retirement group but when an insurance salesman approached the founder about offering insurance to its members he saw the opportunity to open it up to all people over the age of 50.
"AARP is not an insurer and does not pay insurance claims. Instead, AARP allows its name to be used by insurance companies in the sale of insurance products, for which it is paid a commission like an insurance agent"Per AARP's 2008 Consolidated Financials, it was paid $652,000,000 in royalties from insurance companies that sold products referred by AARP. Per those same financials AARP received an additional $120,000,000 for the ads placed in its publications."(Wikipedia)
That is why it has become expected that AARP would always come out on the side of the insurance companies on all issues relating to health insurance and in particular the health care reform debate that has swept the nation, and in fact they have dismissed single-payer as not an option and don't take seriously any calls for it. But if you look at the September issue of AARP Bulletin you might be surprised to see three separate articles that not only support radical change in the health care system but they also throw under the bus those who have been spreading and/or repeating myths and lies about proposed reform legislation.
"Overhauling the nation's ailing health care system is too important to be trivialized by the sort of rhetoric we've been hearing lately"Instead, we've seen a free-for-all of careless exaggeration, retooled social issues, partisan posturing and the revival of a time-worn "socialized medicine" shibboleth that didn't work 50 years age and is out of date today"In 1963, there was Ronald Reagan's ultimately unsuccessful argument that a government-operated medical program for older people was the first step to socialized medicine and eventually to a socialistic state. His grim forecast: "You and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free."" -- From "Stop Talking and Start Thinking", Jim Toedtman