Larry Evans, of Lansing, is simply wrong when he asserts financial interests drove AARP’s decision to support the Affordable Care Act (“Insurance is useless, so paying fines is cheaper”).
The fact is, AARP’s priorities during the health care debate were based on many years of listening to the needs and concerns of our members and other older Americans. That is why we fought successfully to limit insurers from charging much higher premiums because of age; to prohibit the denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions; to close the doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage under Medicare; and to improve coverage for critical preventive services.
The Affordable Care Act was supported by many respected organizations, including the American Medical Association.
Evans rightly points out that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act don’t yet reach some of the lowest income Americans. That’s why AARP is urging Indiana to expand Medicaid.
- June Lyle, AARP Indiana state director