Comeuppance For The AARP

There a many good things that may come about as a result of the demise of ObamaCare. Among them is a smaller and less influential AARP. CBS News reports:

(CBS) CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group’s position on health care.

….Many are switching to the American Seniors Association, a group that calls itself the conservative alternative as CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports.

Last week alone, they added more than 5,000 new members. Our camera was there Friday when the mail came.

Letters were filled with cut-up AARP cards.

“I think that probably the seniors are most upset with cuts in Medicare,” said ASA President Stuart Barton.

I can’t speak to the merits of the ASA because they are a relative unknown. However, any reduction in the influence of the AARP is a positive development. The AARP has become a veritable extension of the federal bureaucracy and its estrangement from the real interests of its members has reached Congressional like proportions. It long ago left behind the real needs of seniors as it morphed into a massive political lobbying machine in the same way large labor unions did years ago. In fact, the AARP’s transformation from member rights advocate to bureaucratic thug had many of its members making references to its familiarity with the SEIU during the ObamaCare debate.

The ObamaCare debate has, if nothing else, made one issue crystal clear: seniors believe that they are at greater risk of experiencing diminished care. The AARP, in an example of monumental arrogance, thought they could walk that fact by their members without consequence. Apparently not.

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