AARP to Obama: Donâ€™t mention us again
President Obama invoked AARP to defend his health care law last night, prompting the influential group to release a statement telling him not to do that again.
â€śWhile we respect the rights of each campaign to make its case to voters, AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign,â€ť the group posted in a statement. â€śAARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party.â€ť
Obama can perhaps be forgiven for thinking he could mention AARP given how they coordinated with him to pass Obamacare, which is a golden goose for the organization.
â€śThanks to its cuts to Medicare Advantage, Obamacare is expected to expand the number of seniors buying â€śmedigapâ€ť supplemental insurance plans,â€ť The Washington Examiner explained in an editorial. â€śAARP controls 34 percent of the market for such plans. According to a 2011 House Ways and Means Committee report, AARP stands to make between $55 million and $166 million from Obamacare in 2014 alone.â€ť