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AARP jacks up their employee’s health care plan costs due to the very same ObamaCare package they heartily endorsed

You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that the AARP isn’t so much interested in their members’ best interests as they are being a leftist tool for the Democrats.  If I didn’t know any better, that is.  Details:

AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.

In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.

And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.

“Most plan co-pays and deductibles have been modified,” Jennifer Hodges, AARP’s director of compensation and benefits, wrote employees in an Oct. 25 e-mail. “Plan value changes were necessary not only from a cost management standpoint but also to ensure that AARP’s plans fall below the threshold for high-cost group plans under health care reform.”

Naturally, AARP is attempting what we like to call “damage control”:

AARP officials said medical inflation is the main reason employee costs will be going up. The health care law is “a small part,” said David Certner, legislative affairs director.

Uh huh. Sure it is. But they have to say that, don’t they? They can’t exactly say “We didn’t see that coming!”, can they?

Seniors were quite vocal in the town halls and in meetings with AARP (meetings where AARP reps pulled a Baron Hill-type “This is my meeting!”), and the AARP did what Congressional Democrats did to the country: they ignored their constituents.  Now, the very things that seniors were worried about (specifically, increased costs) have come to fruition, just as they feared and just as we told them would happen.

I do hope that the AARP is thrilled with their increased costs.  Like Babs Boxer, they “worked so hard” for it.

November 5, 2010 - Posted by | economic ignorance, health care


  1. Change you can believe in!

    Comment by Kevin | November 5, 2010

  2. “Health Care Reform” should be a round table of experienced CEOs discussing how to make the delivery of existing care more efficient. It’s all just a hurry-up-and-wait game, despite the massive profits to be made.

    Comment by Marla | November 5, 2010

  3. I don’t know anyone personally (not saying that nobody exists) that denies that health care needs a good reform…the problem is, what THIS monstrosity consists of in NOT true reform, it is a takeover and trampling of rights based on assumed benevolence (Senator Lincoln from Arkansas, any luck on finding that in the Constitution yet?). Health care DE-form, yeah…RE-form, not even close.

    Comment by Kevin | November 7, 2010

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