After news broke this week that over 60,000 AARP members had left the organization because of its support of Obamacare, the group launched a massive media campaign to try and restore its image and integrity. But many think that the organization is merely going through the motions to try and gain back members while simultaneously trying to back the President’s health reform proposal – which will most likely hurt the quality of care that seniors receive.
"Sen. Corker believes the AARP has thrown its constituents under the bus by supporting the administration's proposal, which takes money away from Medicare, an already insolvent program, and leverages it to create a new entitlement program, further jeopardizing a program our seniors depend upon and adding to our country's burgeoning deficit,” said Laura Herzog, press secretary for Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
The AARP has held several town hall events to discuss the health care proposals, with the most widely publicized event occurring on August 4 in Dallas, Texas. The YouTube video of that event has received over 230,000 views and shows the leader of the town hall walking out after members continued to voice their disappointment with the President’s health care proposals.
On Wednesday, David Certner, legislative policy director at AARP, held a special online Q&A session on the Washington Post where he seemed to push the idea that organization was trying to walk the fence as much as possible while preventing further fallout.
“The AARP has not endorsed any particular bill. We are working with the Administration and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to craft the best bill possible for our members,” he told a questioner in Ridgefield, Connecticut. “We agree 100% that older Americans must be protected in any reform bill, and we are working to ensure we get an improved Medicare program.”
He also pushed back against the perception that the organization was suffering while claiming that members who had left had done so in part out of ignorance.