Last updated on: 8/30/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

AARP Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“After a thorough analysis of the reform package, we believe this legislation brings us so much closer to helping millions of older Americans get quality, affordable health care. For too long, our members and others have faced spiraling prescription drug costs, discriminatory practices by insurance companies and a Medicare system awash in fraud, waste and abuse…

For every American who has struggled without access to health insurance—and for all those at risk of losing their current coverage with the next job loss, illness or premium hike—this package presents the best hope to offer health security for them and their families. We understand that significant work remains even after this package becomes law, but we cannot lose the opportunity looking for a ‘next time’ that is doomed to be ‘too late.’”

Bonnie M. Cramer, MSW, AARP Board Chair, AARP press release, Mar. 19, 2010

Description:

“Founded in 1958, AARP [formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons; changed to AARP in 1999] is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

AARP has offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As a social welfare organization, as well as, the nation’s largest membership organization for people 50+, AARP is leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.”

“About AARP,” www.aarp.org (accessed Aug. 30, 2010)

Mission:

“AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change, and delivering value to members through information, advocacy, and service.

We believe strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice, and collective purchasing power. These principles guide our efforts.

AARP works tirelessly to fulfill the vision: a society in which everyone lives their life with dignity and purpose, and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams.”

“About AARP,” www.aarp.org (accessed Aug. 30, 2010)

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Quoted in:
  1. Will there be enough primary care physicians to meet the increased health care demand following passage of the PPACA?
  2. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?
  3. Will the quality of care from public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid improve?