60,000 AARP members jump ship

August 19, 2009

McKnights.com reports this morning that some 60,000 AARP members have discontinued their membership since June 1, 2009.  The ostensible reason? Disagreement over AARP’s seeming position in the health care reform debate.  Though AARP has not endorsed any presented plan as of yet, certain statements by its leadership indicate that the largest association representing America’s retired population is more in support of, rather than opposition to, the reform plans on the table.

The article goes on to say that the majority of those leaving the AARP are joining the American Seniors Association.

The AARP has long been one of the most powerful political voices in matters concerning elder care, if for no other reason than it represents huge numbers of active voters.  It is concerning that the health care reform debate is weakening that front.

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