Jim Martin, “AARP credibility has crashed, they have no one left to betray.”
(Alexandria, Virginia) – With the Supreme Court poised to rule today on President Obama’s health care overhaul, aka, “Obamacare,” regardless of the outcome the AARP has done irreparable harm to their credibility by ignoring their members when it mattered most, and conspiring in the back rooms of the White House and DCCC to push the bill through the House and Senate because passage of the bill promised to add hundreds of millions of dollars to their bottom line, according to 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, leader of the nation’s largest conservative seniors advocacy organization.
“Whatever the ruling today, and regardless of what the Supreme Court upholds or strikes down from the Obama health care overhaul, the AARP legacy will forever be one of betrayal for profit. For months the AARP was publicly saying during the healthcare debate that they were neutral, but in fact we know now that they were working hand in hand with Democratic operatives in the White House and DCCC to help pass the bill, and funding others to assist in their dirty work.
“The sad and ugly truth is that the AARP sold out seniors for the almighty dollar. They stand to gain hundreds of millions of dollars from the health care law, and when their members called to say ‘NO’ to Obamacare by a ratio of 14 to 1, they ignored them and conspired with the White House to change the message. When people look back and ask ‘who was responsible?’ for this whole healthcare mess, they can start with the AARP, who could have helped change the bill or stop it. Instead they gave political cover to the White House so they could line their pockets. This is absolutely disgraceful, bordering on the criminal, and should be investigated.
“Now AARP says they are on a listening tour. What a joke, that ship sailed two years ago. 60 Plus is actually on a real listening tour, 15 stops in Florida, Virginia and Ohio the past week and seniors are showing up in droves and thanking us for doing what AARP failed to do. Seniors need a real friend and voice, AARP betrayed them when the chips were down. Their windfall profits they stand to reap from this sad event will never be enough to wash the stain of shame from their tarnished reputation.”