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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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Blog Post: Commitment to Seniors’ Latest Ad “Celebrates” AARP’s Billion Dollar Bond with Big Insurance

Commitment to Seniors launched a new television ad today “celebrating” AARP’s latest financial milestone: earning an unprecedented $1 billion in corporate royalties in a single year­—mostly derived from UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health insurance corporations. In total, AARP has raked in more than $9 billion from corporate royalties over the last decade. AARP partners with big health insurers while lobbying Congress against Medicare reforms that would benefit seniors, like applying rebates directly at…

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“CORRECTION: AARP Actually Makes a Boatload from Big Insurance”

The scope of AARP’s revenue from big insurance is so astonishing that it really does defy belief—so much so that it recently caught one health care publication off guard. We can understand why! The POLITICO Pro Health Care newsletter was reporting on our ad “celebrating” AARP’s milestone of taking in over $1,000,000,000 in corporate royalties for the first time. “Financial disclosures released by AARP show it received more than $1 billion in royalties in 2020, including nearly…

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