The AARP’s membership is 38 million strong. When they send a message to their enrollees, people tend to listen. The GOP’s Obamacare repeal contains deep cuts to Medicaid and other aspects that negatively affect elderly Americans.
For example, under Trumpcare, insurers can charge the elderly 500% more than younger Americans. Another problem is the 64% of nursing homes that depend on Medicaid to provide their residents with proper care.
President Trump has been doing everything in his power to bully the Republican Senators who oppose the bill into voting “yes.”
The AARP responded to Trumpcare by vowing to hold all 100 senators accountable for their vote.
Read the AARP’s statement below:
This new Senate bill was crafted in secrecy behind closed doors without a single hearing or open debate—and it shows. The Senate bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and result in less coverage for them. AARP is adamantly opposed to the Age Tax, which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else while reducing tax credits that help make insurance more affordable.
“AARP is also deeply concerned that the Senate bill cuts Medicaid funding that would strip health coverage from millions of low-income and vulnerable Americans who depend on the coverage, including 17 million poor seniors and children and adults with disabilities. The proposed Medicaid cuts would leave millions, including our most vulnerable seniors, at risk of losing the care they need and erode seniors’ ability to live in their homes and communities.
The statement continues:
“The Senate bill also cuts funding for Medicare which weakens the programs ability to pay benefits and leaves the door wide open to benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers. AARP has long opposed proposals that cut benefits or weaken Medicare.
“As we did with all 435 Members of the House of Representatives, AARP will also hold all 100 Senators accountable for their votes on this harmful health care bill. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand. We strongly urge the Senate to reject this bill.”
Senior votes are some of the most important votes in the country. Republicans best beware if they want to keep their seats beyond 2018.