Viewpoints: AARP's agenda on health law; Cuccinelli 'demeaning' Va. AG's office; Government's health care role

Published on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM · No Comments

Politico: AARP Sells Out Seniors For 'Obamacare'
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Friday via satellite to a convention sponsored by AARP. ... here are five facts you're unlikely to hear from the president, or AARP, about how each treats seniors: First, while AARP poses as a disinterested senior advocate, it functions as an insurance conglomerate, with a liberal lobbying arm on the side. AARP depends on profits, royalties and commissions to make up more than 50 percent of its annual revenues (Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., 9/21).

The Wall Street Journal: The Love Song Of AARP And Obama 
How can that lobby claim to speak for American seniors given its partisan role in passing ObamaCare? Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing (Kimberley A. Strassel, 9/20).

Los Angeles Times: Anthem's Tip For Better Health: Try This Ice Cream 
Hoping to inspire better diets among its members, the insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross is sending out money-saving coupons. But it's pushing processed sandwich meat, mayonnaise and even ice cream. ... If you're going to promote wellness, why not go all-in? Provide incentives to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, or fresh meat and fish (David Lazarus, 9/20).

The Washington Post: Ken Cuccinelli Bullies A State Board Into Surrender
In three years as Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli II (R) has demeaned his office by using it as a blatantly partisan bully pulpit to attack Obamacare, illegal immigrants, homosexuals and climate-change scientists. Now he has managed to bully Virginia's Board of Health into a stance -; unprecedented in state history -; that could force most of the commonwealth's 20 or so abortion clinics to close (9/20).

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