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    When Will AARP, Consumers Union and AMA Be Held To Account for Obamacare?

    When Will AARP, Consumers Union and AMA Be Held To Account for Obamacare?

    The Daily Caller (h/t Instapundit) has an interesting post today on the push back by Tea Party supporters against corporations — particularly in the pharmaceutical industry — which cooperated and cut deals with the Obama administration to help pass Obamacare.  The Washington Post had a similar article just after the mid-term elections, focused not so much on Tea Parties but how the Republican establishment was taking note.

    But what about AARP, Consumers Union, and the AMA, each of which provided invaluable cover and support to the administration, as documented in my prior posts:

    In November 2009, as the House prepared it’s Saturday night vote on Obamacare, I noted the role of the AMA and AARP:

    Don’t have much time this morning to comment further, but note the irony that today the jobless rate hit a 25-year high at 10.2%, and tomorrow night Democrats in the House of Representatives are planning to push through a health care restructuring bill that is guaranteed to kill more jobs. The Democrats refuse to wait until Monday for a vote and insist on a special session Saturday night….

    Oh, and AMA and AARP – you people have no idea of the damage you are doing by supporting this last minute rush towards madness. Or maybe you do, but you don’t care.

    It is time to hold all institutions — not just for-profit corporations — which helped pass Obamacare to account for what they did.  AARP, Consumers Union, and the AMA would be a good start.

    Update 11-28-2010:  For the record, I let my Consumer Reports subscription, which I had for many years, expire last year, and I throw out all the membership cards and info. from AARP which show up in my mailbox.  As my readers know, I’m not a big fan of organized boycotts, but that doesn’t mean I have to give them my money.

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    Do not think that the AMA speaks for physicians. Fewer than 20% belong and I would guess that a majority of them are furious about the sell-out.

    I gave up on Consumer Reports years ago because of their constant screeching for a bigger nanny state, more regulations, more government, etc.

    I'm 61 years old, and get regular invitations to join AARP. I'm never going to accept. I disliked them even five years ago, because I see them as a lobby for giving retirees as much government money as possible, no mater what it costs the young or the country as a whole; now I detest them.

    After nearly 15 years, I let my subscription to Consumer Reports expire early this year. And unsubscribed to their Email updates, listing the reason as "Your support of Obamacare". Strangely enough, they keep sending me the magazine and an occasional bill, as if I never dropped them and I'll get over their Left-wing bias.

    Note to Consumers Union: There are product reviews all over the internet, for free, and written by people I trust more than you. I'm not gonna subsidize your Lefty politics anymore.

    Professor Jacobson: Somehow I was enrolled in AARP, and I stayed there until they betrayed we seniors on Obamacare for their own livelihood. I long ago gave up my Consumers Report/Consumers Union affiliation. I dealt with its longstanding major domo, James Guest, when he was the Secretary of State – cum Voters' Advocate, for the State of Vermont. He actually tried to impose a ban on advertising by non-Vermont banks, until our law firm nudged him toward a glance at the multiple Constitution provisions standing in his way.

    My most recent dealings with Mr. Guest's consumer "protection" agency, actually sent directly to him, and unacknowledged, was when my cancelled Consumer Reports subscription was re-renewed, without my consent. Not only did they renew me, but they charged the costs to the credit card that I had used to subscribe years before. OK, a mere lapse, you could say. But actually, it was a credit card that had been cancelled long before. I found out when VISA or Mastercard sent me a monthly bill that contained only two charges – first, an annual charge for renewal of the card, which I had not requested, and second, the subscription charge for Consumer Reports, Mr. Guest's consumer "protection" magazine.

    Clearly Mr. Guest's Consumers Union has ways not only to force dissatisfied readers into renewing a subscription to a magazine they don't want to receive, but also to get credit card issuers to re-open closed accounts through which to dun them.

    I'm retired, and have way too many interests to pursue this, but if there is a class action lawyer lingering over your comments section that wants a nominal plaintiff, I can probably give her or him an assist.


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