There is perhaps no greater failure of a constituency by its lobbying group than the steps undertaken by the AARP in the name of the interests of American seniors during the course of the debate over Obama’s law. Now, their own staff and retirees — all told, more than four thousand people — are about to experience the ramifications in the form of a 13 percent premium increase:
AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law. In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs. And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax…
AARP officials said medical inflation is the main reason employee costs will be going up. The health care law is “a small part,” said David Certner, legislative affairs director.
The AARP spent millions advocating for Obama’s law and, in so doing, betrayed the interests of its millions of members. For more on their operation, read Mark Tapscott’s piece from last year.