February 18, 2013 |
Who is the best player in the NBA? Kobe Bryant? LeBron James? While that debate rages on, the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan, has found another way to surpass them. He leads them in AARP membership cards, 1-0. In recognition of Jordan's 50th birthday Sunday, the American Assn. of Retired Persons released a photo of its present to him: His first AARP card. Every 50-year-old is eligible to join AARP, and Jordan finally reached that magic number. So, MJ, next time you go golfing, whip out that card and score a discount.
September 21, 2012 |
WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- President Obama blasted his GOPopponent's plan to revamp Medicare and called the program an earned entitlement as he courted the votes of senior citizens on Friday. “Given the conversations that have been out there in the political arena lately, I want to emphasize Medicare and Social Security are not handouts,” Obama said in remarks delivered via satellite to the AARP conference. “You've paid into these programs your whole lives. You've earned them. And as president, it's my job to make sure that Medicare and Social Security remain strong for today's seniors and for future generations.” Obama's remarks were a swipe at GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, who earlier this week took heat for describing those who don't pay federal income taxes as dependent on the government and “victims.” Those non-taxpayers - nearly 47% of taxpayers - include large numbers of seniors who are reliant on Social Security and eligible for tax credits that whittle their federal income tax burden to zero.
September 22, 2012 |
Rep. Paul D. Ryan was booed at the annual AARP convention Friday after saying that, if elected, their Republican administration would repeal the nation's healthcare law as the best way to save Medicare. Just five minutes into his talk at the gathering of the powerful 50-and-older lobby, Mitt Romney's running mate - the architect of the Republican proposal to change Medicare for the next generation of seniors - was repeatedly interrupted as he criticized President Obama's healthcare law. "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds," Ryan said as the crowd in New Orleans booed audibly.
October 26, 2013 |
Finally, a film festival for the over-50 crowd. AARP's Movies For Grownups Film Festival , opening Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 17 at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, will feature nine films with appeal to the 50-plus moviegoer that are being considered for the organization's annual Movies For Grownups Awards. The majority of the films are likely Oscar contenders, and there will be Q&As with cast and filmmakers after the screenings. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "It's clear that Hollywood is paying attention to the tastes of the 50-plus moviegoer as films for grownup audiences dominate the box office this year," said AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth in a statement.
June 17, 2011 |
After a Wall Street Journal article reported Friday that the AARP, a powerful retirees lobbying group, would no longer be opposing cuts to Social Security benefits, the news reverberated through Washington. Social Security is one of the hottest political buttons among retirees -- but what does research say about its relative value? One 2004 study from UC Berkeley researchers (published in the journal Population and Development Review in 2010) analyzed the net value of Social Security, Medicare and public education — minus taxes — for Americans born 1850 through 2090.
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September 24, 2011 |
Keith Brown, 59, doesn't qualify for Medicare yet. But President Obama's proposal earlier this week to cut into the government healthcare program has him worried about what will be left when he does. "There is a certain level of uncertainty," said Brown, a retired federal employee from Falls Church, Va. He said politicians should get the deficit under control by taxing the rich rather than slashing programs that help the middle class. Brown and other seniors, gathered in downtown Los Angeles this week for the annual conference of the AARP, expressed fear and anxiety about aging when Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are under attack both in Washington and on the campaign trail.