Despite the amendments in the proposed healthcare bill currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, AARP maintains its opposition to the legislation.
Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of the association released a statement Wednesday claiming that the updated bill would “create an ‘age tax,’ increase premiums, eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, cut the life of Medicare, and give sweetheart deals to big drug and insurance companies.”
AARP sent a letter to all 435 House members, reiterating its vehement opposition to the proposed bill and imploring each lawmaker to cast a ‘no’ vote on the legislation.
LeaMond’s statement asserted that “AARP believes this legislation will have a significant harmful impact on the health of millions of older Americans, ages 50 to 64, as well as other vulnerable groups, including poor seniors and disabled children and adults.”
Addressing the association’s opposition to the provision of an ‘age tax,’ the statement continued, “This harmful legislation still puts an Age Tax on older Americans and puts vulnerable populations at risk through a series of backdoor deals that attempts to shift responsibility to states. Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions. This legislation still goes in the opposite direction, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs.
“AARP continues to oppose legislation that would impose an Age Tax, eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, weaken Medicare, erode seniors’ ability to live independently because of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts, and give sweetheart deals to drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescription drugs.”
AARP also noted how they plan to respond to the outcome of the legislative process. “We intend to let all 38 million of our members know exactly how their Representative votes on this bill in newsletters, in our publications, on social media and in other formats. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand.”
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