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John Kinkaid: AARP and health care

To the editor:

For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why AARP would support health care rationing to seniors under the guise of “reform.”

Why would you support less medical care for your members and constituents? In the Senate bill written by Max Baccus of Montana, half a trillion dollars would be taken away from Medicare payments to health care providers of seniors to help pay for so-called health care reform. Who in their right mind would support such a thing? And then I heard an explanation.

AARP sells Medicare gap insurance to seniors. It covers the difference between Medicare payments and the cost of care. So, if Medicare pays providers half a trillion dollars less, you need more insurance to fill the gap. AARP could conceivably sell close to $500 billion more in Medicare gap insurance. It looks to me like they are selling seniors for profits.

Why can’t Congress just let us buy health insurance across state lines and let competition work? Maybe they have their own agenda.

Call Senators Udall and Bennet along with Congressman Salazar this week.

Tell them how you feel. Ask them to also read the entire bill personally and post it online so that we can read it all before they vote.

After the Senate and House bills are merged for the president to sign, post that version online, too. Let the American people read it and respond. No more back room deals.

John Kinkaid