The article in Sunday’s (April 3) paper, “AARP has self-interest in health care reform,” was off the mark about whose interest is being served by passage of the Affordable Care Act.
The idea that AARP supported the new law to increase its revenues is absurd. AARP has been fighting for many of the new law’s provisions for decades because they will improve health care for all. It’s not AARP, as the writer suggests, but scores of Americans that will benefit from the new law.
It will stop health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
It requires Medicare to provide free preventive care benefits, such as colonoscopies and mammograms.
It will close the dreaded Medicare Part D doughnut hole.
It allows young adults who often struggle to find affordable coverage to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26.
And that’s just the beginning.
AARP has been fighting for affordable, quality health care to ensure everyone can age with dignity and purpose since 1958.
George H. Rice, M.D.
Member, AARP Volunteer Executive Council