AARP & the Obamacare lies that Just Keep on giving 10 years later!
An AVM Investigative Essay by John M Jones III (4/30/19)
Uneducated voters, media, and democrats claim with absolutely no proof that POTUS colluded with Russia, but in 2010 the aarp, obama, the media & democrats openly lied, conspired & colluded with each other to begin the destruction of the American health insurance industry by the passage of Obamacare. The aarp not only did their share of lying to America & millions of senior citizens, whom they claim to advocate for, about the real effects of the aca, but they also received an exemption from the law itself and made & still make BILLIONS of dollars from their illicit criminal partnership with Obama, the media & democrats.
We have all the evidence, and more below we need to prove that aarp, Obama, the media, and the democrats conspired to destroy our healthcare system. The collusion is in plain sight! aarp, claims to be an advocacy for seniors group, but it is clear that they lied, cheated, manipulated, and suppressed the truth with others about the REAL costs of Obamacare (they act like a politician in fact) and they don’t care on bit as long as they get their share Benjamin’s grandma’s social security check!
Read more about how the aarp & Obama lies unfolded below, but I warn you that will never think of aarp the same way again nor should you!
The lie of the aca: before the passage of aca Obama made certain insinuations about the aca that essentially implied there would be a giant pot of gold at the end of the aca rainbow. Furthermore, anyone who looks at his claims and the aca outcomes objectively would be forced to see that at every turn Obama and those who supported aca where lying at the highest level!
Promise #1: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Reality: Millions of Americans have lost and will lose their coverage due to Obamacare. (1)
Promise #2: “[T]hat means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” Reality: Many Americans might not be able to keep their current doctor without paying extra. (1)
Promise #3: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” Reality: Premiums for people purchasing coverage in the individual market have significantly increased in a majority of states. (1)
Promise #4: “[F]or the 85 and 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing’s already happened. And their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.” Reality: Obamacare imposes certain new benefit mandates on those with employer-sponsored coverage—a majority of Americans. (1)
Promise #5: “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” Reality: Obamacare contains 18 separate tax hikes, fees, and penalties, many of which heavily impact the middle class. (1)
Promise #6: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.” Reality: Obamacare’s new spending is unsustainable. (1)
Promise #7: “[W]hatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill.” Reality: Health spending is still rising and is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8 percent from 2012 to 2022 (1)
Promise #8: “I will protect Medicare.” Reality: Obamacare cuts Medicare spending. (1)
Promise #9: “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American.” Reality: Millions of Americans will remain uninsured. (1)
Promise #10: “So this law means more choice, more competition, lower costs for millions of Americans.” Reality: Obamacare has not increased insurer competition or consumer choice. (1)
Here are MORE Lies told by obama when campaigning for aca:
“We spend about $6,000 per person more than any other industrialized nation on Earth” Obama made a variation of this claim a number of times, including at an aarp forum. And it was not true. (2)
Obama claimed a decision to revoke insurance led to an Illinois man's death. But facts show the man in question did receive treatment and lived for another three years, and the insurance company could not be blamed for his death. (2)
"I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter." Obama made this claim in 2009, but in 2003 he had said, "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program.” (2)
"I didn't campaign on a public option." It was actually included in his campaign healthcare plan. (2)
Health insurers are “making record profits, right now." Insurance Co. Profits: Good, But Not Breaking Records (2)
Obama said preventive care would save money, but the best available evidence showed the contrary. Early intervention can save money in some individual cases, but when applied across the population, studies have found it generally costs more than it saves. (2)
Rising healthcare costs "causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds." He said the high cost of health care "causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds." That’s at least double the true figure. (2)
"It’s a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans." GOP amendments that were accepted were either technical or extremely minor. (2)
Obamacare “will more than pay for itself.” This was and is blatantly false. Let’s put aside the fact that the idea that the law cost $1 trillion over 10 years number was a result of an accounting gimmick that delayed the implementation of the major coverage previsions until after four years, to create the appearance that it cost less under the typical budget window. (2)
Obamacare’s individual mandate is not a middle-class tax increase. Obama promised repeatedly that he would never raise taxes on the middle class. When confronted by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in Sept. 2009, he affirmed the promise and said “I absolutely reject that notion” -- i.e. the idea that the mandate is a tax increase. But his administration subsequently argued in the Supreme Court that the mandate was a tax. And according to the CBO, 58 percent of those who paid the mandate penalty in 2015 earned under $50,000 and 86 percent earned under $100,000. (2)
“Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.” Obama made this statement in his Sept. 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress. In reality, a majority of the plan is paid for by higher taxes, as was the case both at the time it passed and in the present day. (2)
“Nobody is talking about cutting Medicare benefits.” Though the law didn’t change the benefit structure directly, among other changes, it did make changes to the way providers will be paid, which the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the time the law passed warned would cause providers to drop out of the system (2)
You would have a lot of choices." At the aarp forum, Obama said that once legislation passed, "essentially what you would be able to do is you could just go online, you would be able to see a list of participating insurers -- which by the way, is very important, because in most states right now insurance companies are dominated by -- or the insurance market is dominated by just one or two insurers, so you don't have a lot of choices. And this way, you would have a lot of choices." Though it’s true that there was a lot of market concentration in the pre-Obamacare world, the introduction of the law has not made things better, and in some states, has made things worse. In 2013, the year before Obamacare went into effect, on average, states had four insurers with more than 5 percent of the market share -- which was the same as in 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In some states, things got worse. For instance, before Obamacare, Alaska had five insurers with market shares of over 5 percent, and Wyoming had 4. By 2016, Alaska was down to two and Wyoming was down to one. This does not take into account the wave of insurer exits over the past year and a half. Nor does it consider that under Obamacare, the types of plans that individuals can buy are dictated by Washington, prohibiting young and healthy individuals from choosing relatively inexpensive plans with a narrower collection of benefits. (2)
“No federal dollars will be used to fund abortions." This one is hotly debated, but the facts are that Obamacare provides subsidies for individuals to purchase insurance, and that money can be used to purchase plans that cover abortions. This is among a number of loopholes that allow taxpayer money to finance abortions. (2)
The aarp would have you believe that: “We fight for and equip each individual to live their best life”, (3) but the reality is that they don’t care about their ’members’ they are a company that clearly only cares about their bottom line and making money. The proof if there all on has to do is look!
The aarp were founded in 1958 with a primary mission to sell seniors health insurance and spends tons of money on lobbying and political contributions and is not-for-profit tax-exempt. (4) “What many aarp members don't know is that their money is often being spent on lobbying and political contributions, primarily on Democratic causes. aarp claims that they do "not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates." Of course, because that would be illegal. But its employees do make such contributions. According to Open Secrets, from 2007-2008, aarp employees contributed to twenty federal candidates, 16 of whom were Democrats. Only $550 went to Republican presidential nominee John McCain, while Barack Obama received $30,901. aarp employees also contributed $496,169 to state candidates in 2008” (4)
“In addition, in 2009 and 2010, the years in which the roiling debate over health care took place, aarp spent over $43 million on lobbying. In 2010, it directly employed sixty-five lobbyists (and six indirectly) through firms including Quinn Gillespie & Assoc and Williams & Jensen.” (4)
“This is yet another untruth from aarp. The CEO claims that ObamaCare "will strengthen and protect Medicare." But what he and aarp never mention is that Obamacare cuts nearly $530 billion from Medicare. This is odd, given that aarp claims that its primary mission is to protect seniors' best interests. But ObamaCare amounts to a massive shift of health care funding away from seniors already covered by federal health plans to new non-senior recipients who may now be eligible for coverage under the law. This certainly does not benefit seniors, so why would aarp support it? Because it financially benefits aarp.” (4)
“Reps Herger and Reichert (112th congress), aarp's stated concern about insurance industry practices as the basis for endorsing the health care law directly conflicts with its financial dependence on these same insurance companies and the profits it stands to make from resulting changes to the way seniors will get their health benefits." (4)
This chicanery says nothing of the scare tactics and propaganda that aarp is pushing on seniors against the Republican budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan. In one shameful television ad, aarp implies that Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare. (4)
Those are the dirty little secrets of aarp, an organization with a penchant for liberalism and a strong tendency to gravitate toward profits instead of the well-being of seniors. Of course, a profit motive is fine so long as aarp pays taxes befitting its true nature -- i.e., not as a non-profit senior advocacy group, but as a corporation bent on churning up big profits. (4)
How could aarp be an advocate for seniors when the Americans for Tax reform says “the evidence that this government takeover will hurt retired persons the most is undisputed. Quality of care will plummet, with most vulnerable seniors the hardest hit.” (5)
Furthermore, “It emerged that aarp stands to make millions if this legislation is passed. The Post reports that AARP collected more than $650 million in royalties and other fees last year (2008) from the sale of insurance policies, credit cards and other products that carry the AARP name, while former AARP chief executive William Novelli received more than $1 million in compensation last year. (5)
The Life Issues Institute also exposed aarp & their lies way back in 2009. “aarp’s recent support for Obamacare demonstrates once again the fact that it does not represent the core values of most retired persons. Muted but straight out hostility might be a better description. In the face of this, aarp leadership is supporting Democrat “healthcare reform [ACA].” This proposes to cut 500 billion from the Medicare and Medicare Advantage Programs. But it doesn’t support adding a single doctor or nurse to these programs. President Obama and his supporters in Congress have publicly promised that these cuts won’t lead to any reduction in benefits, rationing or reduced services. As the saying goes, if you believe this, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you. This is a clear, direct attack on a federal program that has been crucial to the care of senior citizens in the US. One would think that aarp, which claims to represent those seniors, would raise an alarm.“ (6)
The evidence that aarp lied to its members and American can be found on the Obama administration archive where aarp official put in writings their intention to lie to America. “We look forward to working with you in conference to finalize health care reform legislation that strengthens Medicare for current and future generations, and which ensures that all Americans can obtain affordable coverage—particularly those aged 50 to 64—who face the most difficulty securing coverage they can afford in the individual and small group markets. (7)
A senior living facility in Chicago helped aarp pass this lie and scare seniors at a forum they held in 2010: “While differing on why and the costs involved, a US Congressman and a representative of aarp explained their support of the Affordable Health Care for America Act at the Health Care Reform Forum held this past Saturday in St. Charles, Illinois. I had the opportunity to attend the Forum, which was hosted by aarp and featured presentations by Congressman Bill Foster, who represents Illinois District 14, and Heather Heppner, of aarp’s Chicago office. AARP endorsed the Act because it addresses critical issues of importance to our members and because it is budget neutral. (8)
According to Heppner, the Act . . .Protects Medicare benefits and puts Medicare on much stronger financial ground.
Addresses over a 10-year period of time the Medicare Part D “Donut Hole” issue, which has some seniors paying for the full cost of medications plus Medicare part D coverage.
Prevents health insurance denial because of pre-existing conditions.
Prevents insurance companies from discrimination based on gender.
Extends Medicaid coverage to 150% of the poverty level.
Helps strengthen the ability for seniors to age in place through Community Living and Supportive Services.
Contains a Health Insurance Exchange Provision that will encourage competition among insurance companies for our business.
Includes a Public Plan Option for those unable to find health insurance.
Includes Individual and Employee Mandates requiring individuals to have health insurance coverage and employers to provide coverage for employees. (8)
We now know that the entire list above that was quote to American was a total lie and aarp WAS/IS responsible for helping Obama propagate this lie to seniors and the American people.
The FACT is that aarp blatantly lied to seniors saying ACA would be the great for them, but it only took two years for the public to find out the Truth of the ACA. Let’s review:
DEMOCRATS RAIDED $716 BILLION FROM MEDICARE TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE: (Douglas Elmendorf, “Letter to the Honorable John Boehner,”Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/2012) (9)
OBAMA HIMSELF HAS CITED THE $716 BILLION TO CLAIM IT BOTH PAYS FOR OBAMACARE AND EXTENDS THE LIFE OF MEDICARE: “Those savings do come out to $716 [billion], and those savings are part of what allows us to close the doughnut hole, provide the preventive care, and is actually going to extend the life of Medicare over the long term. It also, by the way, helps to reduce the increase in the premiums that seniors pay under Medicare.” (“Remarks by the President to aarp Convention Via Satellite,” The White House, 9/21/2012) (9)
NEW STUDY BREAKS DOWN OBAMACARE’S $716 BILLION IN MEDICARE CUTS BY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: (“ObamaCare Cuts $700 Billion from Medicare,” American Action Network, 9/10/2012) (9)
CBO: $156 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, $20 BILLION HIGHER THAN FIRST ESTIMATE: (Douglas Elmendorf, “Letter to the Honorable John Boehner,” Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/2012) (9)
MEDICARE ACTUARY: CURRENT SENIORS—AT LEAST 7.4 MILLION OF THEM—WILL LOSE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE DUE TO OBAMACARE: “The new provisions will generally reduce MA [Medicare Advantage] rebates to plans and thereby result in less generous benefit packages. We estimate that in 2017, when MA provisions will be fully phased in, enrollment in MA plans will be lower by about 50 percent (from its projected level of 14.8 million under the prior law to 7.4 million under the new law).” (Richard S. Foster, “Estimated Financial Effects of the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as Amended,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 4/22/2010) (9)
ONE-QUARTER OF SENIORS GET MEDICARE BENEFITS THROUGH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE: “Another $136 billion comes from reducing payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans, through which about one-quarter of seniors get Medicare benefits.” (Marilyn Werber Serafini, “Some Hill Races Hinge on Seniors’ Anger Over Medicare,” Kaiser Health News, 10/26/2010) (9)
CUTS TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WILL “CAUSE MILLIONS OF SENIOR CITIZENS AND DISABLED AMERICANS TO LOSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE SERVICES”: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will cause millions of senior citizens and disabled Americans to lose billions of dollars in health care services every year by substantially reducing payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.” (Robert A. Book and James C. Capretta, “Reductions in Medicare Advantage Payments: The Impact on Seniors by Region,” The Heritage Foundation, 9/14/2010) (9)
STUDY: CUTS WILL “FORCE SENIORS TO PAY $3,700 MORE FOR THEIR HEALTHCARE BY 2017”: (Robert A. Book and James C. Capretta, “Reductions in Medicare Advantage Payments: The Impact on Seniors by Region,” The Heritage Foundation, 9/14/2010; James Capretta, “President Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare Problem,” National Review, 8/15/2012) (9)
The truth is aarp and other special interests got rich off ObamaCare while seniors saw their Medicare get cut. No wonder aarp is desperately trying to put distance between themselves and Democrats: (9)
“AARP TO OBAMA: DON’T MENTION US AGAIN”: (Joel Gehrke, “AARP to Obama: Don’t Mention Us Again,” The Washington Examiner, 10/4/2012) (9)
BUT AS OBAMACARE CUTS MEDICARE, AARP WILL MAKE UP TO $166 MILLION: “Thanks to its cuts to Medicare Advantage, Obamacare is expected to expand the number of seniors buying “medigap” supplemental insurance plans. AARP 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. (“ObamaCare: AARP’s Get-Rich-Quick Scheme,” The Washington Examiner, 9/22/2012) (9)
“OBAMACARE: AARP’S GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEME”: (“ObamaCare: AARP’s Get-Rich-Quick Scheme,” The Washington Examiner, 9/22/2012) (9)
WHITE HOUSE GAVE AARP A LIST OF 25 HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO THANK WITH AD BUYS FOR SUPPORTING OBAMACARE: “Messina also forwarded the AARP a list of ‘top 25 targets list from house leadership’ that were ‘to get thanked with ads after the vote.’ ” (Energy and Commerce Staff, “Investigation Update: Closed-Door ObamaCare Negotiations,” House Energy and Commerce Committee, 6/8/2012) (9)
aarp was given a quid Pro quo by Obama & made billions of dollars for their support of ACA. “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… AARP is already under investigation after the Ways and Means Committee discovered that it stands to gain $1 billion from the new healthcare law over the next decade. (10)
In November 2009, President Barack Obama took a few minutes on Thursday to publicly thank the aarp and American Medical Association for supporting Democratic-led efforts to overhaul the nation's health-care system. (11) Publicly though aarp apparently didn’t want seniors or American to know that they openly supported the government takeover of healthcare because THEY stood to make loads of cash of the backs of seniors.
“Newly released emails, memos and other documents pertaining to the White House’s effort to pass health care reform in 2009 and 2010 undermine claims by the aarp made as late as December of 2009 that the seniors group did not endorse the President Obama’s health care bill, and prove that aarp was in fact working behind the scenes with a coalition of corporate lobbyists, unions and political organizations to strategize a public relations campaign to get the legislation passed.(12) The same article went on to say “What we got instead was a back room deal made with political operatives, industry insiders, and the aarp. The more information that comes out from this closed-door operation, the more aarp’s credibility sinks to new lows.”
More Source Material as if you need more, but here it is:
How AARP's support for ObamaCare was bought and paid for
How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare's Cuts to Medicare
AARP sells out seniors
Obama and AARP Betrayed Seniors
‘AARP SERVING ITS OWN INTEREST’
As AARP’s Membership Declines Its Profits Soar on Obama-Care Insurance
One Billion Possible Reasons AARP Supports Obamacare Despite Medicare Cuts for Seniors
How AARP Made Billions Denying Care To People With Pre-Existing Conditions
AARP’s role in Obamacare expansion could be problematic for Alabama taxpayers
On Lobby Day, AARP Prods Congress to Support Affordable Health Care
Face-to-face meetings help citizen advocates convey their concerns to lawmakers
AARP Urges Court to Keep Health Law Intact
AARP opposes Senate tax bill, calls Medicare cuts and Obamacare mandate repeal 'troubling'
AARP comes out against House GOP health care bill
AARP warns senators against supporting GOP healthcare bill