"A group usually seen as one of Barack Obama's allies in the health care debate — AARP — says the president went too far Tuesday when he said the seniors lobby had endorsed the legislation pending in Congress.
AARP is sensitive to the issue because polls show that Medicare beneficiaries are worried their healthcare program will be cut to subsidize coverage for the uninsured.
At the town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama said, "We have the AARP onboard because they know this is a good deal for our seniors." He added, "AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare."
But Tom Nelson, AARP's chief operating officer, said, "Indications that we have endorsed any of the major healthcare reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate."
Like Obama, AARP wants action this year to cover the uninsured and restrain healthcare costs, but the organization has refrained from endorsing legislation. Nelson said AARP would not endorse a bill that reduces Medicare benefits.
A spokesman said the Medicare cuts that have been proposed so far would not affect benefits."
Poor Barry. Without a teleprompter the lad cannot tell what day of the week it is let alone remember who is or is not onboard with his let's-all-be-commies song and dance act.
And, if AARP is feeling the heat this does not bode well for our lord and master, not well at all. Fer chrissake maybe he'll even be forced to listen to...dare I say it...the VAST MAJORITY of Americans.
Gee. What's a king to do nowadays.