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Congressional Inquiry Reveals ObamaCare’s Billion Dollar Give Away to AARP

Forget the Cornhusker Kickback. Thanks to a House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Investigation, we finally know why AARP worked so hard to get ObamaCare passed.  Congressman Charles Boustany (R-La), a real life MD, released the findings of a nearly year-long investigation that revealed how AARP stands to make nearly $1 billion over the next 10 years if ObamaCare remains in affect.

“As one of the country’s most well-known non-profits, many of America’s seniors trust AARP to represent their interests,” Boustany said in an appearance on Salem Radio Network’s The Mike Gallagher show. “But in light of AARP’s dependence on its income from insurance products, there is good reason to question whether AARP is primarily looking out for seniors or just its own bottom line.”

“This should be called The Great Senior Swindle,” Gallagher told Boustany. “Conservatives who are members of AARP should quit immediately. And those who are not members should not join.”

AARP’s revenue in 2009 was a stunning $1.4 billion, with over $700 million of that revenue coming from the royalties they receive from the licensing of insurance products.
Worse, the investigation revealed that ObamaCare will cause 7 million seniors to lose their Medicare Advantage plans, resulting in a migration to Medigap plans.

“AARP is the nation’s biggest Medigap plan provider, the report revealed, “and AARP will gain between $55 and $166 million in 2014 alone as a result of new Medigap enrollees thanks to ObamaCare, which AARP strongly endorsed.”

AARP’s financial gain from ObamaCare could exceed $1 billion during the next 10 years,

“That’s 1 billion reasons why AARP supported ObamaCare,” explained Dan Weber, President of AMAC, a conservative alternative to AARP. “AARP took the deal Rahm Emanuel and President Obama offered them, and left seniors holding the bag.”

Fireworks on Capitol Hill

There were some real fireworks when AARP’s President, A. Barry Rand, testified on Capitol Hill. Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga), another real life doctor, and Congressman Wally Herger (R-Ca) exposed the sheer duplicity of AARP.

“It is troubling that the AARP – that supposedly exists to advocate on behalf of seniors – would fight for a health care law that cuts Medicare by over $500 billion and limits insurance coverage choices for seniors,” said Price. “The report reminds the American people of all of ObamaCare’s sweetheart deals. Health reform should always be about putting patients first and not be built for any group’s political or financial advantage.”

The hearing revealed some other surprises. It turns out that AARP makes big money from the interest it charges while premiums sit in AARP coffers for undetermined amounts of time. AARP collected and processed over 6.8 billion in insurance premiums in 2009 alone, and AARP’s President, after a relentless grilling by Congressmen Herger, revealed that interest on those premiums were as much as $60 million a year, thus making AARP a bank, as well as an insurance company.

In addition, the hearing revealed the staggering salaries of AARP executives, some of which topped out at over $1.6 million, and even more lucrative benefit and pension packages.

In some very tough exchanges, AARP was accused by multiple members of the panel for not cooperating with members of Congress during the nearly year long investigation. 

Congressman Herger was particularly angered by AARP’s foot dragging, and expressed alarm that AARP was still considered a non-profit, when so much of the operation acts like a for profit.

“The facts show AARP no longer operates like a seniors’ advocacy organization; instead it more closely resembles a for-profit insurance company.  In 2009, AARP raised 46% of its revenue from royalty payments, versus just 17% from membership dues. While questions have indeed been raised in the past about AARP’s reliance on royalties, the amount of these payments has nearly tripled just over the past decade.

AMAC President Dan Weber was not surpised by the investigation, or anything he heard at the hearings. “The fact is that AARP has been misleading its members for a very long time, especially its conservative members, and they need to know that they can get insurance elsewhere – and at competitive rates -  where their values won’t be sold.”

“AARP spends millions to create the impression that they are the only game in town for seniors when it comes to their insurance needs,” explained Lee Habeeb, a content and policy producer for some of radio’s biggest shows, including Mike Gallagher’s, Bill Bennett’s and Michael Medved’s. “The good news is, conservative seniors are no longer hostages to AARP, and can join a group like AMAC.”

To read more about the House report, go to – www.Amac.us

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JKYECDK63I2B3CFZHKW2VRAAA Richard

    American Association for Retarded Persons (no offence to libtards) is what I wrote back when I was 48 years old and unabashedly declined an invite to join.
    Sometimes, one can just sense BS….even when you can’t smell it.
    JOHN (tell it like it is) BOLTON for PRESIDENT!

  • JiminGA

    AARP gets only 5% of their revenue from member dues. The rest comes from product endorsements and insurance tie-ins. It amazes me that they haven’t lost their non-profit status long ago. BTW, in response to AARP’s endorsement of Obamacare we cancelled our lifetime membership and demanded a refund, which we received.

  • rush003

    several years ago I purchased long term care ins from GE. They have sold to another company since. An agent got my name from NRA. He said NRA did not receive any money from GE. Now I wonder but who cares. If NRA got compesated the money went to a good cause…

  • Guest

    Good post vmavm, thanks. I think I know exactly the commercials you are talking about. Vegan is a personal choice, I’ve seen many who look sickly doing it, but hey … their choice. I have a horse (black arabian) 2 dogs, and a cat, and a wife … I play with OTHER peoples pets at the park as well as my own … I don’t talk on cell as they do, I’m ‘in the moment’ playing flippie and ball with my Aussie and Border Collie and watching their pets for them while they yammer away on the god-awful phone, talking useless B.S. to someone somewhere while their pet stares at ‘em going ‘hey, what’s the deal here’. I knew non-profits were turning into B.S. when non-profits became a ‘degree program’ at Universities. Anytime something ‘noble’ is turned into a degree program, it means wild levels of corruption are only a few years down the road. The entire skrool system from k-12 to University has become a giant money-laundering fraud … lots of people know it, but they live off it. Thanx for link!!! Peace.

  • chart21

    Dont you all remember that AARP endorsed Hilarys plan 20 years ago? They are in fact a for profit company selling Insurance. Do you know how much lose in income tax because of their non profit status. You can bet that they donate lplenty to their Congressmen and Senators.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WVFZC2PTIQFVPSXILKUTE4Z5I4 leadsled

    Hey if not for useless mail how would i start my log fires?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WVFZC2PTIQFVPSXILKUTE4Z5I4 leadsled

    HAVE YOU NOT BEEN LISTENING??? THEY ARE ” NOT ” PRO-GUN

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WVFZC2PTIQFVPSXILKUTE4Z5I4 leadsled

    TRY A THICK PIECE OF CARDBOARD CUT TO FIT THE ENVELOPE ..soak it in water (mail is charged by weight) place inside a zip lock bag then in envelope seal and send …if everyone did this their mailing bill would crush their profit margin

  • opaww

    I send back NRA membership forms to AARP

  • canovack

    If you will go to the AMAC website and read the AMAC position on several issues, you will see their statement of support for the Second Amendment, along with their rationale. That said, I don’t quite understand the statement that “THEY ARE ‘NOT’ PRO-GUN”.

  • another_engineer

    Remember kids, you are always told ” the greatest generation”…

    PTHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    They had the greatest job opportunities this country ever produced — and they p*ssed their money away.

    They had the greatest investment opportunities — and they p*ssed it away.

    Aside from a few, I have very little pity for them, they put us here.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/NZ1JVjE4toGKNnrUu1rpAIUadz_ZXWlGcJI.UhDcO35x03w-#37966 Haironfire

    Several years ago AARP nominated Harry Belefonte as their man of the year! That was a big eye opener. When I started doing some research on them, I realized how left wing they are. UUGH.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/NZ1JVjE4toGKNnrUu1rpAIUadz_ZXWlGcJI.UhDcO35x03w-#37966 Haironfire

    at the time I did not even have dementia!

    That’s too funny.

  • http://twitter.com/Irantergosum Richard A. Stitt

    Since there is no such bill or legislation called ObamaCare, just what in the hell are you talking about or is that just more of your made-up lies?

  • turlock22

    glad somebody remembers Hilary,s health plan. The big shot in AARP I think was a guy by the name of Horace Deets, and his wife was one of the seventeen members that met behind closed doors to push Clintons health care reform. As I recall congress did pass it but quickly repelled it due to the the outcry from knowledgable seniors. That is when I canceled my lifetime membership. Also AARP gets most of there feedback from 50 to 65 year olds who haven’t a clue what a senior citizen is or what AARP stands for ( retired persons)