First lets talk about the AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons.

From the AARP Membership page:aarpknife

“AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.

AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.

AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.

These benefits include AARP Web site at, “AARP The Magazine,” the monthly “AARP Bulletin,” and a Spanish-language newspaper, “Segunda Juventud.””  – from the AARP”

The AARP has come out in favor of the Democrat  proposals for Health Care Reform.  That is the same package that will take away from Seniors the Medicare Advantage Program, vital to the needs of about 25% of those on Medicare.  It will “save” money for the expansion of coverage in other areas by cutting $150 Billion from this program.    How could AARP possibly work against their constituency in this way?

AARP gains about half its over $1 Billion in revenue from royalties on “Medigap plans.”  Medigap plans are insurance policies to fill in the gaps in Medicare.  Ever since the Medicare Advantage Program came on the scene in 2003, it has spawned competition for AARPs gap plans.

Mr. Obama and Congress need the AARP (the largest lobby – based on a constituency of seniors 50+) to pass their Government Controlled Health Reform.  So they made a deal with the AARP – give us your support and we will kill your competition.

Sweet deal, except for about 11,000,000 seniors who now use Medicare Advantage.

Then there’s the AMA, the American Medical Association.  takingmoney

From the AMA home page – about the AMA:

To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Core Values:

  1. Leadership
  2. Excellence
  3. Integrity and Ethical Behavior. (my emphasis)

To be an essential part of the professional life of every physician.

The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.

AMA policy on issues in medicine and public health is decided through its democratic policy-making process, in the AMA House of Delegates.

The AMA’s activities with for-profit entities are directed by AMA guidelines for corporate relationships, and its Internet products follow AMA guidelines for health and information Web sites.

Together, we will play an active role in shaping the future of medicine.

The AMA has also come out in favor of the House Health Care Reform bill.  It is obvious that they have not used their “democratic policy-making process” noted above, since the AMA House of Delegates doesn’t meet until this weekend in Houston.  So How could the AMA work against its physician members without following their own policy?

MR. Obama and Congress feel they need the AMA to pass their Government Controlled Health Reform.  So they made a deal with the AMA – give us your support and we will increase the Medicare Reimbursement Amounts.

It’s a sweet deal for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.  It only slightly slows the complete takeover of Medicine.

If I were a member of either group (which I am not), I would immediately resign and work to form or empower an alternate group to work on behalf of the same constituencies.