From a Los Angeles Times report on yesterday’s endorsement of the House healthcare bill by AARP, the 40-million-member senior citizens’ organization:
The AARP has been pushing for a health overhaul for more than a year, but it had withheld a formal endorsement of any of the healthcare bills being developed by congressional Democrats. On Thursday, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond said the group saw the House Democratic bill as the most promising proposal.
“We can say with confidence that it meets our priorities for protecting Medicare, providing more affordable insurance for 50- to 64-year-olds and reforming our healthcare system,” she said at the group’s Washington headquarters.
From an AP report explaining how the House healthcare bill is supposed to pay for itself:
There are also more than $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid….
Isn’t there a contradiction here? LeaMond seems to be doing her best to perpetuate the stereotype that old folks are befuddled dimwits who can’t tell one side of a congressional bill from another. I’d thought that kind of attitude went out with Granny’s blue hair-rinse.