June 8, 2005 |
A decision this week by AARP, the nation's largest seniors' lobby, to join in offering a prescription plan under the new Medicare drug benefit drew withering criticism Tuesday from a senior Democratic lawmaker. AARP's support was pivotal in securing congressional passage of the controversial Medicare overhaul, which included the drug benefit, in 2003.
March 23, 2005 |
At the start of a potentially crucial congressional recess, in which lawmakers will hear from constituents about President Bush's plans to overhaul Social Security, Bush and his allies asked Democrats and AARP on Tuesday to stop attacking their ideas. Bush issued the plea alongside his onetime rival for the presidency Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has a better working relationship with Democrats than does the White House.
March 3, 2005 |
A conservative group called USA Next has succeeded only in damaging its own reputation and interfering in the debate over Social Security with its virulent attacks on AARP, said Bill Novelli, chief executive of the seniors group, in Austin. "USA Next are not serious people. They're not engaged in the debate and should be ignored," Novelli said in a speech at the University of Texas.
February 28, 2005 |
As synonyms for the word "vile," my thesaurus offers some of the following: offensive, objectionable, odious, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, sickening, loathsome, foul, nasty, contemptible, despicable and noxious. Any of those words would aptly describe the advertising attack launched last week against AARP, the largest advocacy group for seniors, by the conservative interest group USA Next. But there's one word that unfortunately can't be applied: surprising.
February 10, 2005 |
The Social Security program can be stabilized through a series of small fixes and does not need a major overhaul that would include private investment accounts, the nation's largest lobby group for the elderly said Wednesday. AARP, formerly known as the American Assn. for Retired Persons, said the amount of wages that can be taxed for Social Security should be raised from $90,000 to $140,000. The change could be phased in over 10 years and would cut the projected shortfall by 43%, AARP said.
February 5, 2005 |
The nation's largest advocacy group for Americans 50 and older asked a federal court Friday to block the government from making a policy change that would allow companies to offer fewer health benefits to retirees when they become eligible for Medicare. AARP said in a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would overstep its authority if it gave final approval to rules exempting retiree health benefits from federal age-discrimination laws.