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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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    I'm 61 years old, and get regular invitations to join AARP.

    I'm just over FORTY and have gotten invitations from them.

    I work actively to get everyone I know out of AARP clutches. What was a putative spokesman for the elderly doing getting euthanasia enshrined into case law in the Schiavo matter? When the death panels sign my death warrant I'll be cursing AARP.

    I've never been an AMA member, but have been one of the state affiliate (Oregon) which has successfully represented docs to the legislature. The AMA is incompetent at best.

    The specialty societies are mostly just as bad, I quit the American Academy of Family Practice over economic and political issues years ago. The AAFP was joined with the AMA in this mess.

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