In One Eye

Friday, November 21, 2003
The AARP seems to have really put its foot in it this time with its support of an eviscerating Medicare bill.

The worst part of the episode is that
William Novelli, AARP's chief executive, wrote a glowing preface to Newt Gingrich's book on health care reform ... Mr. Gingrich has long advocated turning the administration of Medicare over to private companies ... [And] what looks like wasted money to taxpayers and retirees looks like opportunity to private providers.
Let it not be forgotten that
AARP ... receives more than $150 million each year in commissions on insurance, mutual funds and prescription drugs sold to its members.
Thus, it becomes a financial matter for what should be a service organization. In other words, AARP has prostituted itself.

As a card-carrying member of AARP, I'm very upset with what the organization has done. It has shown that, rather than defend its members from the oligarchs, it has become a part of the oligarchy itself.

UPDATE: To show just how much Novelli and the rest of his whores are feeding at the trough, take a look at some of the pro-bill material on the AARP Web site. It's incredibly self-serving.