AARP opposes GOP health plan, which raises premiums and weakens Medicare

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond announced the senior citizen organization’s opposition to the Republican plan that would make changes to our current health care system, such as shortening the life of Medicare, hiking costs for those who can least afford higher insurance premiums, risking seniors’ ability to live independently, and giving tax breaks to big drug companies and health insurance companies:

“AARP opposes this legislation, as introduced, that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher program that shifts costs and risks to seniors,” said LeaMond. “Before people even reach retirement age, big insurance companies could be allowed to charge them an age tax that adds up to thousands of dollars more per year.

“Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions,” said LeaMond. “This plan goes in the opposite direction, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs.”

“On top of the hefty premium increase for consumers, big drug companies and other special interests get a sweetheart deal,” said LeaMond. “Finally, Medicaid cuts could impact people of all ages and put at risk the health and safety of 17.4 million children and adults with disabilities and seniors by eliminating much-needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities. Although no one believes the current health care system is perfect, this harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable.

LeaMond said AARP stands ready to work with both parties on legislation that puts Americans ahead of special interests.

There are more than 1,300 independently incorporated AARP chapters across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and with nearly 38 million members, the organization is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States.

Read AARP’s letter to Congress (PDF)

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