John McCain got hot under the collar yesterday when the AARP opposed his amendment to block massive cuts in the Medicare program as a funding mechanism for ObamaCare. Calling them a “liberal Democratic group,” McCain urged seniors to cut up their membership cards and send them to the AARP in protest for their betrayal of seniors:
CNN reported that McCain’s blast represents a reversal on two fronts:
Endorsing Democrats in the health care fight seems to have changed McCain’s thinking on the AARP, the nation’s most influential senior lobby. During his 2008 presidential bid, the Republican nominee praised the group’s leadership in some key policy battles.
“I say God bless AARP for everything they are doing, not only for the present generations of Americans, but for future generations,” McCain told an AARP audience in September of last year. “That’s your duty, that’s your strength, and that’s why I love to see you at every town hall meeting. And that’s why I always try to let you talk.” …
The AARP jab marks the second reversal this week for McCain. After the senator proposed an amendment Monday to strip the health care bill of its Medicare cuts, Democrats were quick to point out that during the presidential race, McCain’s campaign called for reductions in Medicare funding to pay for his health care plan.
I don’t think McCain called for $500 billion in cuts, nor did he demand an end to Medicare Advantage, a private-public partnership that actually works. McCain’s proposals were part of an effort to fix the entitlement disaster that Democrats will accelerate rather than ameliorate with the establishment of an all-new ObamaCare entitlement, complete with subsidized health insurance for more than half of the country. McCain may have praised the AARP last year, but that was before the group sold out its members in a clearly partisan effort, as the Medicare management analysis clearly showed.
There is hypocrisy here, but it’s coming from the AARP and its Democratic Party allies, who routinely used the “Republicans want to cut your Medicare benefits” scare on seniors in every election cycle since LBJ.