Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Keeping AARP (and me) honest

Well, I was wrong yesterday when I goosed AARP for "cooking up pap" in their publications. This morning, I sat down and read AARP The Magazine and I must confess, I found it entertaining.

Yesterday, when I complained, I had only skimmed the publication online.

They won me over with one little squib on speed dating that hit my particular warp. A 73-year old man says he gets right to the point by asking "What medications are you on and how many times have you been married?"

For the most part, the magazine articles were a little bit lite for my tastes. I want to see AARP publish a future-looking piece that delves into the infrastructure and political ramifications of the Baby Boom impact. (see Age Wave and subsequent books.) Maybe they have. But they ought to hammer it home in a national campaign.

Full disclosure: I get so damn mad when I think of AARP and Medicare Part D that the fumes cloud my thinking. It was a knee-jerk reaction and I apologize to the folks who put the magazine together. And no -- nobody asked me to do this.

I've said it before: AARP is the biggest lobby in the United States, perhaps the world. With 38 million members, AARP is the elephant in every hearing room on Capitol Hill. There is no reason Social Security and Medicare cannot be cleaned up before we get into a generational war with our grandchildren over funding.

This thought just hit me. If AARP wants to sell aging problem solutions as well as insurance, perhaps the behemoth should appoint an ombudsman to referee complaints from its members.

Yes, I know AARP sponsors an ombudsman service aimed at keeping nursing homes honest. What I'm talking about is a similar position that would focus on keeping AARP honest.

Think about it, Big Guy.


Anonymous said...

Ever since I turned "50" and AARP started sending me their membership "stuff"...the thought of dating & having "Modern Maturity" on my coffee table was ALARMING...so it seems I am growing into it ~ or maybe not because I still haven't joined!!! LOL


The South Plainsman said...

Give it up, old Geezer. The AARP does not want the truth about what happens to Social Security and Medicare when the Boomer retirement hits. That might mean a change in the system they have learned to milk so well.

Their prosperity depends on maintaining the staus quo, I guesss until our kids grow tired of paying so much into it that they won't get it back. Then something will happen.

As long as AARP works to make reform the "third rail" of politics in America, there will be no serious move to cure the ills.

As for the prescription bill, it just gave AARP the opportunity to sell more insurance.

Anonymous said...

George--- for somebody who's body is held together with duct tape,you sure are stepping into a neat relationship with Mystery Woman,who obviously didn't ask you the right questions.Goose

Anonymous said...

To get old isn't problem,ease to get there!

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