Anti-AARP Group Launching
Alliance for Retirement Prosperity is against 'ObamaCare'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2010 7:22 AM CDT
AARP chief executive officer Bill Novelli, standing with AARP volunteers and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, speaks at a news conference, March 28, 2007, at the state Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Steve Pope)

(Newser) – The American Association of Retired Persons ... sounds so non-threatening, right? Yet an anti-AARP group is coming out swinging against the nonprofit. Led by a longtime Republican adviser and head of the Social Security Institute, the Alliance for Retirement Prosperity will launch Wednesday with the goals of repealing the Obama administration's health reform law and reforming Medicare and Medicaid, Politico reports. (The AARP enthusiastically supported the health reform law.)

The $5 million Alliance can't compete with the AARP's $1.42 billion 2009 budget. It is, however, a for-profit group and plans to include vendors offering discounted products and services to members. Unlike other AARP challengers, which have yet to approach the group's size, the Alliance plans to offer AARP-like features including insurance discounts, a social community, and even soap opera summaries on its website. In addition to the site, the Alliance will launch a magazine and will invite 2 to 3 million seniors to join. For more on the AARP, click here.

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Sep 13, 2010 11:17 AM CDT
Sounds like they have a pretty targeted website. Hope they are also offering classes on how to right click and what a URL is for the 70+ crowd.
Sep 13, 2010 10:53 AM CDT
But... but... it's got Soap Opera summaries on it's website! Who care's if it's a for-profit organization?
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Sep 13, 2010 10:23 AM CDT
AARP has become one of the largest insurance sales organizations in the world. It's too bad this is just a bunch of dis enfranchised teabaggers instead of some REAL group wanting to represent the needs of seniors instead of insurance companies. What I think is funny are the businesses that think giving AARP discounts is supporting seniors when what they are really supporting is "MARKETING TO SENIORS".