ALG Urges Congress to Defund the AARP

Dec. 13, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to defund the AARP as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“The AARP, with revenues of more than $1.8 billion and assets of more than $2.4 billion, is an odd nonprofit. It collects a fortune, not from membership dues, but from insurance policies sold to its members. Earlier this year, the organization actually defended the practice of pharmaceutical companies paying kickbacks to insurance companies rather than requiring those savings be directed to consumers. This might have something to do with the fact that AARP receives hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the UnitedHealth Group. AARP’s defense of kickbacks makes it clear that the organization is putting its own interests ahead of its millions of members. This organization does not deserve one dime of federal tax dollars, much less the more than $50 million it received from the federal government in FY 2019. Congress should immediately put a stop to this.”

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