Obamacare: A Uniquely Vicious Form of Corruption

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    January 6, 2011 Posted by John at 8:19 PM
    If you haven't already seen it, don't miss Karl Rove's column in today's Wall Street Journal. Rove explains the vicious strategy at the heart of Obamacare: pass terrible legislation, and then collect a toll by exempting your friends--those who pay you lots of money--from that legislation, while your enemies have to live with it. We have had various forms of corruption over the years, but I don't believe we have had, within memory, anything quite this disgusting. The worst malefactor here, besides President Obama himself, is AARP:

    The Obama administration's behavior to date suggests that it will not hesitate to take care of its friends. The Senate Republican Policy Committee's health policy analyst, Chris Jacobs, points out that the administration has already given an extravagant gift to the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), a key player in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    The AARP provided a big chunk of the $121 million spent on ads supporting the bill's passage, as well as $21 million on lobbying in 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. HHS's proposed regulations on Dec. 21 exempted the AARP's lucrative "Medigap" plans from the rate review and other mandates and requirements. ...


    The AARP is also exempt from the new law's $500,000 cap on executive compensation for insurance executives. (The nonprofit's last CEO received over $1.5 million in compensation in his last full year, 2009.) It won't pay any of the estimated $14 billion in new taxes on insurance companies, though according to its 2008 consolidated financial statement, it gets more money from its insurance offerings than it does from dues, grants and private contributions combined. Nor will it have to spend at least 85% of its Medigap premium dollars on medical claims, as Medicare Advantage plans must do; the AARP will be held to a far less restrictive 65%.

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    Damn that Republican culture of corruption! :mad:
     
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    AARP is not an insurance provider. They merely lend their name to those who do.

    https://www.aarphealthcare.com/tools/aarp-product-finder
     
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    Their name, their Lobbyist's, follow the money.
     
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    Are you referring to this:

    Further, certain States consider association plans to be large employers for rating purposes. In such circumstances, and only for this purpose, HHS would defer to applicable State law when determining whether a rate increase in that State relates to the small group market.​

    That's the great corruption at work here?
     
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    AARP is not an insurance provider. They merely lend their name to those who do.

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