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AARP is an organization that purports to represent seniors 50 years of age and older, but who do they really represent?

It might surprise people to learn that AARP members sign up to be marketed to by one of the largest insurance companies in America – United Healthcare. And that AARP earned more than $1 billion dollars from royalties from this health insurer and other partners according to their 2020 tax reporting documents. Of these royalties, it is estimated that hundreds of millions came from their partnership with United Healthcare. So the question any AARP member…

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AARP’s Billion-Dollar Bounty

In September, AARP, the giant organization for older Americans, agreed to promote a burgeoning chain of medical clinics called Oak Street Health, which has opened more than 100 primary care outlets in nearly two dozen states. Fortune logo This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. The deal gave Oak Street exclusive rights to use the trusted AARP brand in its marketing — for which the company pays AARP an undisclosed…

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Does Big Insurance use AARP to pad their profits? UnitedHealth responds.

UnitedHealth, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, pumps hundreds of millions of dollars every year into AARP’s coffers in the form of “corporate royalties.” AARP, meanwhile, advocates for policies that financially benefit UnitedHealth even though they may hurt seniors. Take price controls on prescription drugs, for example. The AARP is disingenuously pushing for a “negotiating” scheme on Medicare that imposes dangerous foreign price controls under the threat of a 95 percent tax on…

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Jon Decker: AARP’s support for price controls is the wrong prescription for seniors

During President Biden’s recent State of the Union address, he called for a Medicare “negotiation” scheme to “lower drug costs.” If you follow AARP’s social media accounts, this call to action likely sounds familiar to you. Don’t fall for their policy sleight of hand. AARP has been beating the drum for Medicare “negotiation,” particularly for Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 3, which was introducedin 2019. This draconian bill, which never passed the Senate, would supposedly “save” billions of dollars on drug spending. But how,…

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Jon Decker: AARP’s Support for Price Controls Is the Wrong Prescription for Seniors

During President Biden’s recent State of the Union address, he called for a Medicare “negotiation” scheme to “lower drug costs.” If you follow AARP’s social media accounts, this call to action likely sounds familiar to you. Don’t fall for their policy sleight of hand. AARP has been beating the drum for Medicare “negotiation,” particularly for Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 3, which was introduced in 2019. This draconian bill, which never passed the Senate, would supposedly “save” billions of…

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Commitment to Seniors Announces Minnesota Media Campaign Highlighting AARP’s Financial Relationship with UnitedHealthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2022) – Today, Commitment to Seniors, a project of American Commitment, announces a new Minnesota media campaign designed to shed light on the AARP’s financial ties to UnitedHealthcare (UHC). This effort is a part of Commitment to Seniors’ ongoing seven-figure ad buy “celebrating” AARP’s milestone of receiving more than $1 billion in corporate royalties, which eclipses what the group takes in in membership dues. The announcement comes ahead of today’s virtual…

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Commitment to Seniors Launches Initial Seven-Figure Ad Buy “Celebrating” AARP’s $1 Billion Milestone in Corporate Royalties

Ad Highlights AARP‘s Lucrative Partnership with UnitedHealth Group CONTACT: Jon Decker (jon@americancommitment.org) WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2022) — Commitment to Seniors, a project of American Commitment dedicated to protecting seniors’ interests in healthcare policy, has launched a new seven-figure initial ad buy “celebrating” the AARP taking in over $1,000,000,000 in annual corporate royalties for the first time ever. Blanketing the Democratic retreat in Philadelphia last weekend and airing inside the beltway across broadcast, cable, and…

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