House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as the AARP launched a new advocacy campaign aimed at stalling efforts to strengthen and protect Medicare and Social Security for current and future retirees.
"It is disappointing that an organization that supposedly exists to advocate on behalf of seniors has chosen to align itself with the White House and Democrats whose own political campaign of distortion and demagoguery will only lead to the collapse of Medicare," said Chairman Price. "Already in its support of ObamaCare, the AARP approved $500 billion in cuts from current seniors and authorized a board of unelected bureaucrats to ration health care decisions. Now, they are taking aim at good faith efforts to save and strengthen the program.
"Unlike those who are standing on the sidelines, House Republicans have proposed a plan to save Medicare, keeping it solvent while making no changes for today's seniors and providing choices to tomorrow's seniors. Simultaneously, we are eliminating frivolous spending and establishing a responsible budget that puts us on a path to paying down the debt. The onus now rests with those who disagree with our approach to offer a credible plan of their own that protects and preserves health and retirement security while also dealing with the enormous budget imbalance that is contributing to our economic challenges.
"Could it be that the reason the Corporate Office of the ARRP is turning its' back on seniors in this vital issue is because AARP will financially benefit to the tune of $1 billion if the destructive nature of ObamaCare is allowed to come to pass? If they truly wanted to represent the needs of today's seniors and tomorrow's retirees, they ought to encourage those in Washington who are defending the collapse of Medicare by rationing care to come up with a plan that will ensure vital health and retirement security programs."