Did You Know...

   

AARP gets its Obamacare waiver: As predicted

Share
By Michelle Malkin  •  May 20, 2011 12:10 PM

Doug Powers called it on November 5, 2010:

AARP, either in blind faith or full complicity, bet on door #1 and their employees (not to mention almost everybody else) get to pay the price:

WASHINGTON – AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.

In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.

And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.

Prepare for AARP to now lobby the Obama administration for a waiver from the glorious health care law they helped shove down America’s throat.

Matthe Boyle at the Daily Caller, today:

The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt “Medigap” policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.

Insurance providers who aren’t exempt from Obamacare’s rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.

The AARP is the nation’s biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare won’t cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies’ biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.

Though the White House and HHS dismiss allegations of political favoritism when it comes to who’s getting exceptions from the new health care regulations – such as in the recent uproar over the disproportionate number of Obamacare waivers that went to companies in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district — Obamacare critics say the mere appearance of the administration helping friends is disturbing.

As reported on this blog in September 2009, critics have been raising questions about AARP’s seeming kickback scheme involving its Medicare advantage program.

The stench of waivers for favors grew stronger still after AARP endorsed the controversial Obamacare bill in November 2009 despite a rising backlash from AARP members.

Dude, where’s your waiver?

blog comments powered by Disqus
~ For the latest breaking news, be sure to join Michelle's Email List:
Posted in: Health care

Chuck Schumer, up for re-election in 2016, reads the Obamacare tea leaves

November 26, 2014 10:05 PM by Doug Powers

schumer

Prudence

Jonathan Gruber agrees to lie to House panel about Obamacare honesty

November 25, 2014 10:11 PM by Doug Powers

gruber

Agent of “Change™”

Jonathan Gruber cashed in even more than previously thought; Update: And Obama JUST found out about all this

November 16, 2014 09:23 AM by Doug Powers

king1

Great work if you can get it

Nancy Pelosi was for Jonathan Gruber before she never heard of him

November 13, 2014 08:56 PM by Doug Powers

pelosi1

Selective memory loss

Will Jonathan Gruber return $400k in fees to ‘stupid’ voters now that a third video has surfaced?

November 12, 2014 09:19 PM by Doug Powers

gruber1

Low Information Voter Czar strikes again


Categories: Barack Obama, Corruption, Democrats, Health care

Follow me on Twitter Follow me on Facebook