by Ryan on August 20, 2009

in Politics

It is well understood that the AARP stands to gain financially from Obamacare, despite its recent public wobbly fence-sitting on the issue.  However, the inevitable rationing and benefit cuts to care will undoubtedly harm seniors and many seniors know it. 

So, in the pure spirit of competition, the ASA (or American Seniors Association) has stepped in to grab as many former AARP members as they can.  The major difference between the group’s message is that the ASA is against Obamacare, while AARP has been ostensibly on-board with Obamacare.  Also, the ASA advocates beyond senior issues into ones like opposing illegal immigration.  It’s plainly a conservative alternative to the AARP, which as been increasingly left-leaning over the years.

While the shedding of over 60,000 AARP members has taken place since July, it’s still only a small amount of the AARP’s total membership.  However, if the ASA can somehow use this opportunity to make itself a viable national alternative for seniors, then such an event would benefit everyone in the end:  the AARP would better reflect their member’s needs, the President would be jittery about dealing with seniors the way he initially intended to, and the market would sort out the winners and losers regarding senior advocacy and how senior votes may end up swaying.

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