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After AARP gets ‘waiver’ from Obamacare, conservative groups fight for information, answers

After President Barack Obama’s administration tossed the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) the equivalent of an Obamacare waiver on Thursday, conservative groups Let Freedom Ring and 60 Plus grilled Obama again for the appearance of favoritism. Obamacare is taking heat from critics, who accuse the administration of “crony capitalism,” after The Daily Caller reported this week that about 20 percent of the latest slew of waivers from parts of the healthcare overhaul went to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district.

“This is getting ridiculous, special waivers for labor unions, Nancy Pelosi’s constituents, and now AARP. How about the rest of America?,” Let Freedom Ring’s President Colin Hanna said. “The President and his radical bureaucrats need a reminder that we are a country of EQUAL protection under the law!”

Jim Martin, chairman of 60 Plus, the conservative alternative to the AARP, likens the AARP’s latest Obama administration gift to a “payoff” and that this “doesn’t surprise” him “one iota.”

“It’s payoff time to the AARP (some call it bribery) for selling out seniors and endorsing Obamacare, an awful proposal which makes no sense to seniors who know it’s bad medicine for them,” Martin said in a statement. “But it makes sense to the AARP, dollars and cents, that is, to its bottom line. The AARP made over a half billion in profits last year, selling ‘low cost’ insurance and other goodies to seniors. But that’s nothing.”

Martin went on to explain how Obamacare, which the AARP actively advocated for, damages the AARP’s biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage. He adds that the AARP is likely to make millions, if not billions, more dollars in the coming years because it can sell many more Medigap plans without competition.

“Now the cash register will ring even louder as these money-hungry merchants fleece the elderly,” Martin said. “AARP was the single most powerful organization supporting ObamaCare, yet now they want out of the relationship, so that they can make millions selling Medi-gap insurance to the very seniors they betrayed. If there is a more clear example of corruption and hypocrisy, I’ve yet to see it in my over seven decades on the planet. That’s why we call them the Association Against Retired Persons.”

Let Freedom Ring filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Health and Human services in an attempt to pry information relating to the AARP’s involvement in the latest Obamacare move. It’s unclear how successful they’ll be at getting information or any explanation whatsoever from the Obama administration. HHS won’t return TheDC’s requests for comment on virtually anything Obamacare waiver-related and it hasn’t answered official FOIA requests on the matter for months.

For example, last November, Americans for Limited Government (ALG) asked for waiver approved, waiver denied and waiver still pending approval, in addition to any and all information about those requests. No answer has come into ALG at all yet.

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  • jar59

    Like Pelosi said, we had to pass it to see what was in it.
    I guess we’re not liking what we’re seeing.

  • grayzel

    I have not written here for a long while. I would like to add the the discussion this simple statement. If people refuse to see how this bureaucratic nightmare is a failure before it has even been fully implemented they deserve what they get.

    • ladylove

      welcome back

      you are so right,

      and unfortunately we all have to pay, and pay, and pay.

  • charlif761

    ABsolutely DISGUSTING what the AARP has done to seniors. We should start a grassroots movement to request individual wavers from Obamacare….. A few tens of millions of waivers ought to get some attention!

    • albore

      Already done! Just go to http://wheresmywaiver.com/ and you can apply for your very own waiver! I’ve already done so….

      Even if Obamacare passes muster w/ the Supreme Court (which I doubt it will), I don’t see how these waivers can stand under the equal protection clause…

  • votersofny

    I ripped up my AARP card and joined AMAC when AARP came out in support of Obamacare. Turns out they stand to make BILLIONS with Obamacare and the hell with seniors who have been supporting them for decades.

    If you dopes who are still with AARP, don’t tell them where you stand by cancelling your AARP, you deserve what you will be getting with Obamacare and ot won’t be pretty.

    This HAS to be illegal to force everyone to buy health care EXCEPT a few million people that contributed and supported Obama. Can the corruption with this bum get any deeper?

    Wake up you morons before you’re standing on gas lines. Take it however you think it means; this traitor we have as president is very dangerous.

    • ladylove

      same here, when I first found out, I did the same thing.

      as with credit card offers, I send them back whenever I can at their expense, or as riseable stated, send them back all they sent me, with lively messages on each application. like, name: the one my parents gave me, address: where I live, and wish you didn’t know. state: of confusion, as to how you can support Obamacare. Zip not what it used to be, but don’t send the death panals just yet. …

      • ladylove

        that should read riseabove, did not proof read. sorry riseabove

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  • mark81150

    The day I turned fifty, I started getting junk mail from AARP. Don’t know what mailing list they bought to get my name age and address, but they did. I watched with considerable disgust the way they groveled before Obama to get a plan which insures they get to peddle lots and lots of insurance…

    Liberals railed against insurance companies during the Obamacare debate…

    But they loved AARP,.. corruption took a backseat to getting partisan support, and always has with liberals. AARP is discredited with all but the most rabid liberal seniors, no one trusts them now that they revealed their partisanship during Obamacare. They have lost so many members over this, but willnever admit how many I’d bet. They want to be an advocate for liberal causes fine,..

    but don’t tell us it’s all about seniors issues, when they sold us out for their seven pieces of silver.

    everything they say now, is tainted.

    • riseabove

      Yep, exactly. I agree 100% with everything you wrote, Mark. Positively disgusting. I told them in no uncertain terms to take me off their mailing list. If I keep getting mail from them I’m just going to use the return envelope to send their ripped up stuff back the traitors.

  • cja23

    Chicago style Corruption – that’s what you voted for…it’s more than fishy. In order to put a stop to it, make sure you VOTE HIM OUT IN 2012.