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AARP GETS A WAIVER FROM OBAMACARE. THE SAME GROUP THAT LOBBIED FOR THE BILL AND WILL MAKE 1/2 BILLION ON IT

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM
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Guy Benson  

Unreal: AARP to Receive Obamacare Waiver

Throughout the tumultuous national debate over Obamacare,  the American Association of Retired Persons had the president's back at every turn.  AARP was a prominent and vocal supporter of the unpopular overhaul, stubbornly insisting that seniors would benefit from the law's provisions, despite strenuous objections from its members.  Although the organization paid a significant price for its stance, it later emerged that alienating thousands of members may have been a profitable endeavor after all.  In return for its political support, AARP will be the happy beneficiary of an enormous Obamacare windfall.  If that weren't galling enough, today we learn that the organization -- which, again, energetically lobbied for the bill's passage -- will receive a White House-approved waiver from elements of the law they'd prefer not to follow:
 

The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt "Medigap" policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.

Insurance providers who aren't exempt from Obamacare's rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.  The AARP is the nation's biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare won't cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies' biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.

 
The White House, of course, denies accusations of favoritism or impropriety:

Though the White House and HHS dismiss allegations of political favoritism when it comes to who's getting exceptions from the new health care regulations - such as in the recent uproar over the disproportionate number of Obamacare waivers that went to companies in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's district - Obamacare critics say the mere appearance of the administration helping friends is disturbing.

AARP aided and abetted Democrats' efforts to inflict a disastrous bill on an unwilling public.  They now stand to profit from the resulting law -- while simultaneously receiving convenient exemptions from provisions that may hurt their bottom line.  Ed Morrissey pens the appropriate response to this outrageous report:  "If the AARP and the labor unions that backed ObamaCare need waivers from its consequences, then we all do."  Amen.  I'll leave you with this delightful AARP/Obama walk down memory lane.  This clip still makes my blood boil:
 

 http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2011/05/20/unreal_aarp_to_receive_obamacare_waiver

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pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Speechless.......

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM
How many times do I have to explain it to you?

They will still implement it...they have some extra time do to their size...they have until 2014
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pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM

"They have some extra time to do their size..."  LOLOLLOLOLOLOL...Ok., sweets....U get an A- for spreading your liberal OPINIONS.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

How many times do I have to explain it to you?

They will still implement it...they have some extra time do to their size...they have until 2014


BleedinHeartMom
by on May. 21, 2011 at 9:54 AM

And this fluff article isn't an opinion? theres no hardcore facts in it, you get an F for false.

The links go to Bretbart TV, Town hall and daily caller, its all specualtion

ThatTXMom
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM
Is this surprising? Really?!
Della529
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM

 LOL, here's a pic of the kid who wrote this piece

pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Oh, just because you didn't see it on MSNBC or Good Morning America???....the same ones that didn't report ACORN, Van Jones, and other such tragedies.....yeah, hardcore facts..

Quoting BleedinHeartMom:

And this fluff article isn't an opinion? theres no hardcore facts in it, you get an F for false.

The links go to Bretbart TV, Town hall and daily caller, its all specualtion


ThatTXMom
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM

 Della, he could be a prodigy.  Youth does not always equal ignorance!  LOL 

Quoting Della529:

 LOL, here's a pic of the kid who wrote this piece

 

Della529
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I didn't say it did ;)  But oh boy, doesn't he have an impressive education and resume?

Guy Benson (born March 7, 1985) is a conservative talk radio personality and blogger. He is the political editor of Townhall.com in Washington, D.C.[1] and hosts his own Sunday night program, The Guy Benson Show, on AM 560 WIND in Chicago. He previously produced The Sandy Rios Show on WYLL, a sister station, from 2008 to 2010. Benson also contributes to Andrew Breitbart's "Big" sites and National Review Online's Media Blog, while also appearing regularly on The Hugh Hewitt Show (which he also guest hosts).[2]

Benson lived much of his early life overseas before settling down in Ridgewood, New Jersey.[3] During high school, he spent most of his time broadcasting sports on local television. He also interned for two summers at Fox News, working primarily with Hannity & Colmes, before assisting the channel with its coverage of the 2004 Republican National Convention.[4]

Benson graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2007. While at Northwestern, he worked for the campus radio station, WNUR, broadcasting sporting events and hosting a political talk show. Benson also reported for an NPR station in South Florida, broadcast summer baseball games in the Cape Cod Baseball League,[5] and interned at the White House.

In April 2008, Benson discovered video[6] from a 2007 reunion of the Weathermen, a radical left wing group from the 1960s and 70s. The footage included quotes from two members, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, defending their unlawful actions. Since Barack Obama was criticized during the 2008 presidential campaign for associating with Ayers and Dohrn, the clips made national news, from the Boston Globe[7] to Fox News.

Benson garnered national attention during the 2008 Presidential Race on two other occasions. In August, after the Obama campaign attacked WGN Radio in Chicago for allowing Stanley Kurtz to appear on their station, Benson - who was in studio during the interview - detailed his experience.[8] Then, two weeks before Election Day, Benson joined with Mary Katharine Ham and Ed Morrissey to pen "The Comprehensive Argument Against Barack Obama," released on Hot Air.[9] The detailed post featured numerous video clips of Obama and was linked across the internet in a matter of hours.

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Quoting ThatTXMom:

 Della, he could be a prodigy.  Youth does not always equal ignorance!  LOL 

Quoting Della529:

 LOL, here's a pic of the kid who wrote this piece

 

 

BleedinHeartMom
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

In other words a Tinfoil hat wearing blogger...Its always good to start at an early age.

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