AARP: Money First, Seniors Second

We've all heard of AARP: that friendly, non-profit organization that just wants to help our seniors?  Wrong.  While AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is technically considered a private not-for-profit organization, they were founded in 1958 with a primary mission to sell seniors health insurance.  That's right, sell.  As in to make money. Obviously, I have no problem with people or businesses selling things; the more products and services on the market, the more selection and the more competition.  The free-market system has allowed us to become one of the greatest nations in the history of mankind.  But when an organization's primary mission is to sell a product (in this case health care insurance) and spends tons of money on lobbying and political contributions, it should not be eligible for tax-exempt status.  Many Republicans in the 112th Congress recognize this.  In fact, in April, Reps. Wally Herger and...(Read Full Article)

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