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Kimberley A. Strassel: The Love Song of AARP and Obama

When Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan address the AARP on Friday, good manners will no doubt keep them from asking this question: How can that lobby claim to speak for American seniors given its partisan role in passing ObamaCare? Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes…

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2011 U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Report: The AARP America Doesn’t Know

AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is a tax-exempt non-profit membership organization for those aged 50 years and older. As such, AARP has long been regarded as a protector and advocate of the nation’s senior community What is less known is the extent to which AARP operates as a massive for-profit enterprise and how that conflicts with its legal requirements to “primarily operate to promote the common good and social welfare…

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Can You Trust the A.A.R.P.?

The credibility of the American Association of Retired Persons will be at stake if the organization proceeds with efforts to license its name to managed care plans for a fee. The 33 million-member organization is a powerful lobbying group that tries to sway Congress on issues important to the elderly and provides services that are supposed to benefit its members. But A.A.R.P. also earns substantial income — amounting to about 40 percent of its $345…

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