AARP endores House health care bill

November 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The American Association for Retired Persons better known as the AARP a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that advocates for people 50 and older, has endorsed the House Democrat’s health-care overhaul bill, H.R. 3962—the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which is headed for a floor vote Saturday.  The 40-million member group representing seniors, AARP Senior Policy Adviser John Rother said Thursday that the 40-million strong organization backs the House bill. He said the measure closes the coverage gap in Medicare prescription benefits, puts strict limits on what health insurers can charge older workers too young for Medicare and creates a voluntary, long-term care insurance program.  The AFL-CIO who is also backing the House bill, is coming out with a tough series of newspaper ads criticizing the Senate bill’s 40% excise taxes on insurers offering high cost plans.

With no Republican support expected, Democrats need 218 votes to pass the measure.  The big hangup now is with, Democrats opposed to abortion, along with many Republicans, who are concerned that lower-income Americans in proposed health- insurance exchanges could use federal subsidies to pay for abortions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted Thursday she will have the 218 votes necessary to pass the bill.

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2 Responses to “AARP endores House health care bill”

  1. Health Care on November 6th, 2009 8:19 am

    With no Republican support expected, Democrats need 218 votes to pass the measure. The big hangup now is with, Democrats opposed to abortion,

  2. annadsmith on November 6th, 2009 12:19 pm

    The reason AARP supports the bill is because the bill cuts funding for the Medicare Advantage program. The Medicare Advantage program is a direct competitor of AARP’s Medigap Insurance sales. AARP stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars through increased Medigap insurance sales if this bill passes.

    follow the money….

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