ARRP: Obamacare Saved North Dakota Seniors $2.7 Million In 2010

The AARP sent out this press release today claiming that Obamacare has resulted in big “savings” on prescription drugs for the state’s seniors:

BISMARCK, N.D. – AARP North Dakota Senior State Director Janis Cheney today issued the following statement in response to new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that shows the impact of key prescription drug affordability provisions in the Affordable Care Act – the new health care law. Specifically, the report found that 10,898 North Dakotans received $250 rebate checks after falling into the Medicare Part D coverage gap, or “doughnut hole,” in 2010. Together they saved $2,724,500 on their prescription drugs. Nationwide, more than 3.7 million people received rebate checks saving them nearly $94 million.

This didn’t quite pass the smell test. Savings? What are they talking about. So I did some quick math.

The alleged $2.7 million in “savings” divided by the 10,898 North Dakota recipients equals…$250. The AARP is calling the checks from the government “savings” for the seniors.

One-time checks. They’re calling it savings. That’s not savings. That’s wealth redistribution.

The folks at AARP must really think we’re stupid. But then, it can’t be easy trying to put lipstick on the Obamacare pig.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Camsaure

    Whenever I get a letter from AARP, I always put an envelope size piece of sheetrock in the return envelope and mail it back to them. That way they have to pay the return postage and is my way of thanking them for screwing us over.

    • VocalYokel

      Hmmm…never thought of the sheetrock angle!
      I usually use stuff the envelope with NRA literature (they are anti-Second Amendment rights) and other Conservative stuff I have around and mail that back to them.
      Works for the mailings I get from the RNC too!

    • Lcl4

      Taped to a ‘Flat Rate Box’ is even better!

  • Cjberg

    Yee–ah…. Not so much!$$$ Hmmm do you suppose that’s why medical premium costs have gone from 328.00 to almost 500.00 in just ONE YEAR? That’d be a major INCREASE dummy politicians! But, that’s the kind of math our politicians use and have the gaul to call it SAVINGS$!$?. According to their math, this Senior MUST be a billionaire!

  • Cjberg

    PS.. my costs for medical insurance has increased PER MONTH from $328 to $500!! Not per year.

  • Ratbite

    I consider the AARP new release to be pure unadulterated male bovine excrement!!!

  • fredlave

    AARP is purely an insurance broker and they supported Obamacare because they hoped to sell health insurance to seniors who belonged to cancelled (by Obamacare) Medicare Advantage policies. AARP is about as trustworthy as a used car dealer. They realized that they lost credibility with seniors and they are trying to justify their decision. When my AARP membership expires I do not plan to renew.

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