The AARP on their own website announces increased costs of Health Care for Employers of almost 11 percent.
Employee Health Care Premiums Headed Up in 2011
Some employers offer healthy-lifestyle discounts
by: Carole Fleck | from: AARP Bulletin | November 5, 2010
Sadly AARP reports this as an employer/employee story about making lifestyle choices to get discounts. But the rates did go up and AARP publicly says this was expected. Normal stuff ya know! But the life style discounts are the key to future discounts for employees.
That is not the issue at hand. But if my boss wants to offer them to me (and he did) that is his choice
In an AP story about an e-mail AARP sent to employees they said that healthcare rates went up under normal pressures But, here is the part of the story that concerns me.
“Most plan co-pays and deductibles have been modified,” Jennifer Hodges, AARP’s director of compensation and benefits, wrote employees in an Oct. 25 e-mail. “Plan value changes were necessary not only from a cost management standpoint but also to ensure that AARP’s plans fall below the threshold for high-cost group plans under health care reform.”
AARP officials said medical inflation is the main reason employee costs will be going up. The health care law is “a small part,” said David Certner, legislative affairs director.
Well I have news for you AARP, even the very mention of Obamacare increasing any costs in health care costs is a complete turn around for you, who was out there pushing this bill on the people who pay you money to protect them. You said it would control costs. Nice work.
But it gets worse when talking about what is happening here is what they have to say about their employees. Their focus is seniors and only seniors.I love this comment!
“The impact on AARP employees is not a factor at all in our policy making, which is directed at the impact on our membership and on all older Americans,” said Certner.
About 4,500 people are covered by AARP’s plans, including employees, dependents and retirees.
“We supported the (health care) package because it contained incredibly important protections for our younger members, who often have problems getting access to care,” said spokesman Jim Dau. “And because it helps our older members in Medicare with important new benefits.”
Wow so the AARP does not care how it’s policy statements or a legislation affects its employees? Not sure how that is going to work out for them unless they only hire seniors. Using today’s business model they could hire all part-time seniors and just not give them benefits. Then all of this would be mute. Come on people. How can we not call this hypocritical?
AARP has gone about as far left as they can as an entity. The mere fact they would even say openly that their policy decisions do not center on its employees should give all of their employees impetus to look elsewhere for jobs.
Now for the heart of the matter. AARP does not care because in reality they want a Government takeover. They have this pesky expense of having to provide health care for employees. Once the Government run system bankrupts all of the private companies, or forces them to write ludicrous policies that benefit no one. The system will collapse and we will have a Government takeover. A la GM!
But it gets worse, the government has taken over the administration of health care and AARP supports this stance. Here is a FAQ from their site on the Health care reform.
Although health care reform doesn’t limit premium increases by a certain amount, several provisions will make it more difficult for companies to raise premiums. For example:
- Starting next year, insurers will have to use at least 80 percent of the money they collect from premiums to pay for medical care — not administrative costs or profits — for those who have individual policies and at least 85 percent for those with employer-sponsored coverage.
Wait a minute! Where is the free market less government (I don’t want to take over that industry) philosophy in that? This President has repeatedly said he did not want to control industry. So why then do they write laws to dictate how private companies run?
Folks the AARP is a tool of big government and I would not give them a dime of my money. I don’t need a ten percent discount so badly that I would to sell my soul the devil (AARP).