Update: AARP to make the announcement live on 11/5 at 11:30am Eastern here (just in time to try and upstage the noon press conference/protest by grass-roots conservatives and House Republicans!)
There have been several premature announcements of an AARP Obamacare endorsement over the past several months, but now it’s just about official.
I heard from a source a few days ago that the endorsement was imminent and that it will be published by AARP tomorrow. The Associated Press also says its sources are telling the wire service the same thing.
I’ve been told that the endorsement will argue that senior citizens will actually benefit from the government health care takeover despite a half-trillion-dollars in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid because of the House version’s subsidies for medium-income seniors; elimination of the so-called “donut hole” coverage gap; and anticipated reductions in the cost of medications. The AARP will argue to its members that the massive costs of the public option will not increase the deficit.
[Insert laugh track here.]
There will be no mention in the endorsement of the AARP’s own vested financial interests in Obamacare. And there will certainly be no mention of the membership revolt that AARP’s alliances with the Left have caused.
Good time for a flashback to the Dallas health care forum in August, when an AARP member confronted one of its leaders with one of the questions of the year:
“Do you work for us or do we work for you?”
Interesting timing on the endorsement, no? The Obamacare-peddlers know there will be a highly-visible conservative protest on the Capitol Steps tomorrow.
FYI: There is a good alternative to the AARP. Check out the 60-plus Association.