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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:18 PM
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Should I join AARP?
I'll be 50 in a couple of months. I think its important to have lobbyists in Washington and I belong to several VET organizations. I'm mulling over AARP. I don't have a totally warm and fuzzy about them.
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Sagan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:19 PM
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1. I'm 35, but I wouldn't join them if I were you.

In addition, I would send them a letter telling them WHY you aren't going to join them. There are alternative organizations.

The AARP is currently controlled by corporate stooges, who see the elderly of this country as a big piggy bank to be turned upside down and shaken until the last penny is extracted.

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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-04 10:35 AM
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14. Join the Alliance for Retired Americans!
http://www.retiredamericans.org /

They are NOT in the insurance industry (as AARP--ALWAYS ADVANCING REPUBLICAN PROPOSALS is) and they are allied with the AFLCIO!
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:21 PM
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2. I quit the AARP! they represent the GOP and thats enough for me
I also demanded my money back from them! and when they send me shit in the mail, I send it back and make them pay. They speak for the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the GOP Medicare destruction...
I quit, my husband quit, and a lot of other people quit and told them to f*ck off.
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RapidCreek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:21 PM
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3. NO
AARP is no longer an advocate of the retired....they have become an advocate of insurance companies.....and the interests of these two groups are polar opposites.

The best way of getting the dildos to cut their new found ties to the insurance industry is to cease to join or fund them.

RC
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ithacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:22 PM
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4. here's your answer:
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:24 PM
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5. There is a better organization
The Alliance for Retired Americans
http://www.retiredamericans.org /

They are small (only a couple million members) but they are growing and on the right track.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:28 PM
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8. Well over 3 million now.
They got hundreds of thousands of dropouts from AARP.
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:24 PM
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6. I knew I could count on DUers
to give me the straight poop. Thanks all very much. I sincerely doubt AARP will get me on their membership list.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:24 PM
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7. Join a group that fights FOR seniors.
www.retiredamericans.org

I have talked to and worked with them recently, as they got a LOT of members from the AARP. They are a great group, and getting more of a voice now.
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:29 PM
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9. No - I quit
when the insurance co shill masquerading as AARP head supported the medicare joke. He is in deep w/ insurance companies. That is where his moneyed interests lie. AARP does not - will not B looking out 4 YOUR interests. Currently, AARP is in the supplemental insurance business - big surprise. Alliance of Retired Americans is a group I'm checking N2 next.
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montanacowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:30 PM
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10. No, No, No
they are lying conning scum - the President is Newt Gingrich's best friend and even wrote the intro to his book

everyone should pull out of this organization - they are only interested in making money for themselves and lying to seniors - hell they promoted the repuke medicare bill - God what a disaster these people are
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myomy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 03:51 PM
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11. After the Medicare Mess, wife and I quit.
It took a few emails, but we got about $34 for paid dues back. Please don't join.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-12-04 04:00 PM
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12. NO
they f***ing SOLD OUT.
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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-04 10:17 AM
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13. You decide. Here are the facts
AARP is a large and pretty effective lobbying organization on behalf of Americans over age 50. Despite their turnabout on Medicare, they lobby strongly for many issues that people here would strongly support (see their web site).

In addition to lobbying (they have legislative offices in all 50 states), they support many programs and services. They have senior citizen employment programs, pro bono legal counseling, grief counseling, health and wellness, etc. They also support gerontological research. They use the profits from member services (including Medi-gap insurance) to support their lobbying and special programs.

They are officially non-partisan, but until this past year they were despised by Republicans. A few years ago they appointed a new CEO, Bill Novelli, who has persuaded the organization to support partial privatization of Medicare as a means to keep these programs feasible. This controversial position was taken following focus groups with their membership that showed support for HMO-type medical care among members less than 65 years old.

While AARP derives almost one-third of its revenue from insurance-related products, I don't think this why they came out in support of this bill. After all, they are swimming in money. Money and influence comes to them from huge membership numbers. They are strongly pursuing the baby boomer demographic that is now starting to enter their golden years. After years of Republican-controlled politics, they had not won a single major legislative accomplishment in a long time, which makes them look less powerful. I believe Novelli pushed for this ill-conceived prescription plan because he wanted AARP back in the spotlight for helping to win a new entitlement for seniors. He did not foresee the consequences that resulted when the plan was announced.

So you decide. If Novelli's stance on privatization isn't a show-stopper for you, you can point to a lot of other good things they do. They offer more and more member benefits every day designed to attract boomers like you. For a very low membership fee maybe you can join with others to make AARP reverse Novelli's decision and make it a good advocate once more.
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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-04 10:39 AM
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15. You can't save an organization that rotted from the top down
Edited on Sat Mar-13-04 10:39 AM by The Zanti Regent
AARP cannot be saved, Like the old proverb "A fish rots from its' head downward", well, that applies to the piece of shit called AARP

Join the Alliance for Retired Americans at http://www.retiredamericans.org /
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