AARP’s mission: Serving seniors or selling insurance?
With its literature featuring the smiling faces of happy retirees, every year AARP invites millions of people over age 50 to join its ranks.
The phone message at the main number features Betty White, and its website proclaims, “No one does more for people over 50 than AARP. And you can get all the perks and benefits for as little as $1 a month. So fill out the quick membership form now!”
But its critics contend the organization should talk less about what it claims to do for seniors and more about what it does to seniors, especially the efforts that generate huge profits on the insurance it sells.
American Seniors Association President Phil Kent says the AARP actually is just lobbying for its own interests, which are tied closely to the agenda of a “progressive” bureaucracy in Washington.
“I agree with people who say the AARP, the group once known as the American Association of Retired Persons, has completely become left-wing agenda oriented,” Kent stated.
“It’s no surprise that earlier this year, you had the U. S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, in particular Reps. Wally Herger and Dave Reichert, overseeing and issuing an extensive report on these AARP operations,” he added.
“Essentially, it’s asking the Internal Revenue Service to ascertain whether the AARP abused its tax exempt status. That’s because it’s motivated by politics and not for the benefit of its members,” Kent said.