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Contact: Cindy Roberts
November 9, 2009
AFA urges AARP members to cancel: Selling out seniors for big bucks

The American Family Association (AFA) today renewed its call for members of the AARP to cancel their memberships because of its endorsement of the disastrous PelosiCare bill that passed the House late Saturday night.

The AFA accuses the AARP of betraying the interests of seniors for its own financial benefit.

AFA’s president Tim Wildmon, said, “PelosiCare will slash $170 billion from Medicare Advantage. But seniors love Medicare Advantage because it enables them to buy private insurance and gives them more choices. If Medicare Advantage is gutted, that will force seniors out of Medicare Advantage and into inferior Medigap policies.

“And that’s the problem: AARP makes a killing off Medigap policies. In fact, more than half of its $1 billion budget comes from royalty fees on Medigap-type policies.

“This is a blatant conflict of interest, and means AARP is selling out America’s seniors for big bucks. Seniors ought to be outraged and drop their AARP memberships immediately.”

Bryan Fischer, AFA’s director of issues analysis, added, “As they say in detective novels, follow the money.  Under PelosiCare, AARP wins, but seniors lose – big time.

“AARP is out there pretending to care about seniors, but they’re using the coercive power of the federal government to pick the pockets of vulnerable seniors and stick the money in their own wallets. It’s immoral and inexcusable.”

Even the Washington Post has exposed this element of AARP’s support for PelosiCare, saying on October 27, “Democratic proposals to slash reimbursements for…Medicare Advantage are widely expected to drive up demand for private Medigap policies like the ones offered by AARP.”

The AFA sent out an Action Alert today to its network of 2.5 million people, urging AARP members to cancel their accounts with the organization.


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