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Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Group

November 5, 2010

When policy blinds practicality.  Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog has the update (so does Hot Air):

Nancy Pelosi said it: “We need to pass health care reform so we can find out what’s in it.” Some people were actually excited by that prospect, like contestants on Let’s Make a Deal being asked to trade the pittance in their hand for the promise of what’s behind door #1:

AARP, either in blind faith or full complicity, bet on door #1 and their employees (not to mention almost everybody else) get to pay the price:

The AP article says a rise from about 8% to 13%.  By the way, my company pumped up costs about a similar amount, pretty much the same as any other company.  And it’s not just more money now.  Everyone’s warning that costs will likely go up more, and that some services will go down.  Admittedly, my service was already diving before the healthcare bill was passed… this is an economic issue as much a policy issue.  Costs are spiraling out of control already.  The cost-cutting efforts are not actually well-thought.  And now the insurance companies are looking at what is essentially unfunded mandates that they’ll have to support, and they’re locking down more.

So while I’m savoring the delicious irony of the AARP having to raise costs on its own employees, I’m also dreading the rises in healthcare, especially for older people who disproportionally use the system.  I wonder if they’ll remember how enthusiastic the AARP was about the bill and vote appropriate in a few years when they get the chance.

More important: does anyone realize that the AARP is not voting for the needs of seniors?  It’s more voting for big government, and hoping that seniors get their unfair share because they’re a big voting bloc that actually remembers to vote most times.  There’s not a youth voting association, other than maybe YAF, mostly because the youth are motivated, but have to be reminded by vapid celebrities to vote without being informed.  The older community finally figures it out and starts pushing for a bigger voice, and its bigger voice forgets who is asking and what they asked.  Sheesh.

I’ve got a few years before those AARP letters start rolling in.  I’m already anticipating the letter I’ll be sending back.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 5:22 pm

    No doubt there are too many contradictions, conflicts of interest, bad practices and sheer stupdity that afflict the AARP, medicare, school lunch programs, … but they do deliver value that is essential to many people’s lives.

    So what does a person with integrity do? I bet a lot of union members have the same dilemma.

  2. November 5, 2010 10:01 pm

    I’m thinking I’ll have a few years to think up precisely what I’ll say, but I’ll certainly say smoething when they send me that first offer.

    But on the bonus side, they’ll waste postage trying to get me to join.

  3. November 5, 2010 6:46 pm

    I get those letters periodically, like clockwork starting from your fiftieth birthday, ( How the hell do they know), and I just put ’em in “File Thirteen”, or “Round File” them. Reckon I should keep the next one and shoot them an answer back, eh?


  4. Ellen D. permalink
    November 5, 2010 6:29 pm

    There is a letter making the rounds supposedly from a member who used to be a member of the AARP explaining why they are no longer renewing their membership. It sounds like the seniors are waking up. An excerpt from the letter reads as follows:

    > > We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed
    > > by the guiding forces that we expected to map out our senior years and
    > > leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that
    > > disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing
    > > to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous
    > > other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way
    > > of life or offending our sensibilities.

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