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AARP asks Obama not to cite them when pitching the health care law

By Doug Powers  •  October 5, 2012 09:48 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

–The American Association of Retired Persons has worked as tireless advocates and sales reps for Obamacare in spite of opposition from many of their own members.

–AARP has enthusiastically endorsed Obamacare.

–AARP has hosted townhall meetings with President Obama, offering the president (and other Democrats who supported the law) a platform from which to sell seniors on the health care law.

–The Hill reported that without AARP’s backing, the Obamacare law likely wouldn’t have even cleared the then Democrat-controlled Congress.

In other words, AARP, President Obama and the Democrats are fused at the genetic level when it comes to the health care law. Inextricably linked. Joined at the hip replacement. They are one.

This is why it was so funny to find out that AARP asked President Obama to stop mentioning them as backers when promoting Obamacare:

AARP has a message for President Obama: Stop using us to score political points.

Obama cited the nonpartisan senior lobby twice in Wednesday’s debate when arguing against Mitt Romney’s Medicare proposals.

The remarks prompted a polite statement from AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta asking candidates to refrain from mentioning the group.

“AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign,” Hishta said.

“AARP is a nonpartisan organization, and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party.”

Glenn Reynolds sums it up: You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

**Written by Doug Powers

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