If you have been paying attention to the national debate about socialized health care, you no doubt will have witnessed the oft repeated statement that President Obama makes that Americans should support his health care reform initiatives because the AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, supports his plan. That got me thinking: Why would an organization that purports to represent seniors support a plan that would inevitably result in reduced access, rationed care, less medical innovation, and reduced quality of life for their members?
First and foremost, what we must understand is that the AARP is an interest group and a political organization more than anything else. Political interest groups exist to expand their power and influence, contrary to the notion that they exist to represent their members. The political reality is that if the Democrats' plan for single payer nationalized health care passes, all future elections will be fought, not over education, foreign policy, or social issues, but rather over funding levels for government health services. As far as the AARP is concerned, the level of funding will always be inadequate and it will be their self-appointed mission to increase government funding (aka, higher taxes). And as the most influential senior lobby group in Washington, all seniors will be dependent upon the AARP to secure that funding. More dependence leads to more dues, which leads to more power, which leads to more influence, which leads to more members, and so on.
The sad fact is that the AARP support for the Democrats' designs on our health care system has nothing to do with better access, lower costs, or better care for their members. In fact, the plans before congress right now will reduce health care access for seniors, increase costs, ration care, and destroy medical innovation in elderly-focused areas of innovation like Alzheimer's research.
Witness in this video how interested the AARP is in the sincere viewpoints of their members during a recent "listening tour":
The "Public Option", a deceitful program designed to destroy private health insurance in America, and tax increases to pay for it, must be stopped, and it must be stopped now. Once it is in place, there is no turning back. The American health care system, the pinnacle of life saving innovation and the envy of the world, will be destroyed forever.
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