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Friday, December 04, 2009

AARP and Health Insurance Reform

AARP has been active in support of the Obama approach to what was once called health care reform but is now referred to as health insurance reform. That caused my ears to perk up when I heard the AARP television ad for its Medicare supplemental insurance policy.

Midway through the ad the background voice, supported by large print, assured the listener that with ARRP insurance you could choose your own doctor and hospital, there were no networks, and no referrals were needed to use specialists.

In other words, AARP was saying, “With AARP insurance you can get your health care wherever you want. If the doctors and hospital you choose use services wastefully and don’t bother to follow quality guidelines, don’t worry about it. AARP will pay without complaining and just build the cost into its premiums.”

I don’t know what factors lay behind AARP’s interest in health insurance reform, but concern about cost doesn’t seem to be one of them.

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