AARP tells Obama: No health plan endorsement yet
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (AP) - 14 hours ago
WASHINGTON - A group usually seen as one of Barack Obama's allies in the health care debate - AARP - says the president went too far Tuesday when he said the seniors lobby had endorsed the legislation pending in Congress.
AARP is sensitive to the issue because polls show that Medicare beneficiaries are worried their health care program will be cut to subsidize coverage for the uninsured.
At the town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama said, "We have the AARP onboard because they know this is a good deal for our seniors." He added, "AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare."
Asked by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Aug. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
Answer by beckcorc at 9:34 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
LOL!!! So that condescending spokeswoman who walked out on the angry "mob" of AARP subscribers saying "they did not endorse this bill," ummm, LIED?!?!?
Or are they just trying to save face as subscribers are quickly cancelling their memberships?!?! LOL
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:42 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
"The Leadership is working in close coordination with the White House and outside groups (including but not limited to HCAN, Families USA, AFSCME, SEIU, AARP, etc.) to ensure complementary efforts during August. The President, Secretary Sebelius and other principals in the reform debate will be working throughout the month to hold events, promote the message in the press and move the reform effort forward."
AARP's vice president, Drew Nannis, immediately got on the phone with Pelosi's staff, and within a few minutes came back with the claim that the memo published was just a "draft" composed by an "over-zealous staffer."
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:46 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
Answer by beckcorc at 9:59 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
"A spokesman said the Medicare cuts that have been proposed so far would not affect benefits."
We have an aging population and growing Medicare rolls. Medicare has been heading for insolvency for quite some time. Cuts seem illogical to me. The elderly have reason to fear.
Answer by mancosmomma at 10:24 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
Answer by jesse123456 at 10:31 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
There doesn't seem to be enough room for all of those being thrown under the Obama bus. I realize that there are just some people that hear what they want to hear, but Obama is just making things up and that is enough to make me never trust him. Well, that and the fact that he is a politician.
Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
Answer by beckcorc at 11:09 AM on Aug. 12, 2009