HAS AARP LOST ITS WAY?
While claiming to serve the interests of American retirees, AARP’s true agenda has become increasingly aligned with the financial interests of its corporate partners and well-paid workforce.
If seniors pay $16 per year to belong to AARP, but AARP’s corporate partners pay them $939 million a year, whose interests do you believe they’re prioritizing?
Many argue the tax-exempt AARP has lost its way, becoming more of a marketing and sales platform for large corporations seeking to sell goods and services under AARP’s brand to its captive member audience of millions.
As a result, AARP is being accused of advocating for policies that financially benefit AARP’s corporate and industry partners at the expense of seniors, including price controls that will devastate the research into life-saving medication chronically-ill patients rely on. This is especially true as it relates to healthcare policies in which AARP has been aligned with corporate health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).
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ABOUT COMMITMENT TO SENIORS
Commitment to Seniors is a project of American Commitment. The mission of the program is to shed light on AARP’s public policy positions, actions and inactions, and AARP’s advocacy and political engagements, and how they impact both their members and their financial partners.