Shocker: AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver

Outside of the unions, there was perhaps no group more ardent in its support of Obamacare than the AARP. The advocacy group spent $121 million on advertising in favor of Obamacare, and millions more lobbying for it on Washington DC.

But now AARP’s insurance business, Medigap which competes with Medicare Advantage (a program AARP lobbied to have hamstrung by OBamacare), just got a waiver from complying with the law.

The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt “Medigap” policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.

Insurance providers who aren’t exempt from Obamacare’s rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.

The AARP is the nation’s biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare won’t cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies’ biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.

Though the White House and HHS dismiss allegations of political favoritism when it comes to who’s getting exceptions from the new health care regulations – such as in the recent uproar over the disproportionate number of Obamacare waivers that went to companies in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district — Obamacare critics say the mere appearance of the administration helping friends is disturbing.

Keep in mind, again, that AARP is set to rake in billions in profits now that Obamacare has effective knocked Medicare Advantage out of the market.

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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  • SigFan

    Can we please just get this thing to SCOTUS – now?  Between the individual mandate and all the waivers, only fools and liars can see this as anything but unconstitutional and illegal.  Kill it, kill it dead, and bury it so deep it can never come back.

    • $8194357

      Conservitive AARP.  ARMED AND REALLY PISSED….. 

      • SigFan

         Oh yeah!  Gonna have to get shirt made with that one on it.  Great stuff.

        • $8194357

          Saw it on a poster with Clint Eastwood pointing his M1 at the hostiles with the green Torino in the background. 

  • 2hotel9

    “AARP Gets An Obamacare Waiver”   Of course they did, Barri is using these waivers as pay offs for his political supporters. The only groups getting them are the ones who have monetarily and politically backed Barri, and all of them publicly pushed for Obamacare. 

  • VocalYokel

    For those not in the know, AARP is foisted on the aging American public as a benevolent group just out to give aide and comfort to seniors through trying times.
    This facade conceals another Leftard organization interested in power, money, and big government, including the nullification of the Second Amendment.
    The more they can be exposed for what they really espouse, the sooner we can get people to reconsider belonging to or joining this anti-American gang.

  • Bat One

    This should surprise no one.  AARP supported Obama and supported Obamacare as well.  Just like SEIU, which spent $30 million on Obama’s election, and then, of course, got an Obmacare waiver in return.

    • $8194357

      Pay to play. It’s the Chicago way… 

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