Archive for the ‘AARP’ Category

Ryan Tells His Medicare Plans to Oldsters. They Boo.

September 21, 2012

Ryan Tells His Medicare Plans to Oldsters. They Boo.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke to the national AARP convention on Friday about his plans to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds,” he said. In response, the jolly gathering of grandparents booed the pompous little twerp. He went on to propose privatizing Medicare and giving seniors healthcare coupons. He was heckled by an audience old enough to remember the that same plan was pushed 12 years ago by another Republican financial genius, George W. Bush. You know, the GOP MBA President who crashed the world economy. Hey, Paul Ryan’s running mate is a Harvard MBA too!

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Trust AARP — to Sell Insurance and Drugs

November 20, 2008

Trust AARP -- to SellInsurance and Drugs

AARP is shocked! Shocked!  The nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization charged UnitedHealthcare big bucks to use the AARP name on an insurance product, and the insurance stinks!  Thank goodness Senator Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) faxed AARP a letter about this on November 3rd. AARP will stop sales (of this insurance, anyway) and get an investigator to look into the matter. 

Senator Grassley is the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which just happens to be holding hearings on health insurance reform. AARP just happens to raise lots of money by fronting and advertising health insurance to older people.

AARP gave Senator Grassley an award on November 16th for being such a champ of oldsters. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D, MT) got one, too. What a coincidence!

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Mike’s Big Money Politics: Staking Claims

November 18, 2007

Mike’s Big Money Politics: Staking Claims

In this installment, Mike helps Mike Gravel.

Recent events overseas have shown us how fragile Democracy can be. Aren’t we lucky to live in a county where the Military, the Media or other unelected institutions can’t interfere with free elections? A country where you don’t have to have lots of money to run for president? In America, anyone who can raise the filing fees can run a secret campaign for president.

That’s right. You only need lots of money to run for president if you want other citizens to know you’re running for president. That’s because our Constitution says that if you haven’t raised a million bucks then MSNBC and CNN don’t have to include you in the Presidential Debate Quiz Shows.

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AARP. It stands for . . . AARP.

September 21, 2007

AARP. It stands for . . . AARP.

All the invited Democratic presidential hopefuls exhibited health problems yesterday, spells of temporary blindness as they discussed health insurance in a televised Iowa forum funded by AARP.

“AARP” once stood for the “American Association of Retired Persons;” now it stands for AARP™. Good timing, since “retirement” as we knew it is extinct. In any case, AARP™ raises millions by selling rights to its brand name for everything from “Music for Grownups” to burial services. It can’t get through four sentences of its own mission statement without mentioning that it provides “special products, and services. . . .”

Mostly, AARP sells insurance: health insurance, Medi-Gap Insurance, car insurance, life insurance for those about to cash in. And guess what: none of the Democratic candidates would admit that U.S. health care became critically ill by fattening parasitic insurance companies. No one considered prescribing single-payer plans or national risk-pooling, not even John Edwards, who reportedly eschews insurance company campaign contributions. All proposals sounded alike. 

AARP once stood for something. So did the Democratic Party. Paging DNC Chair Howard Dean, MD: your Code Blue-State patient is in the ICU and needs a second opinion – STAT.