AARP Emphasizes Nonpartisan Stance After President's Obamacare Comments During Debate

10/04/2012 03:45 pm ET | Updated Oct 05, 2012
  • Harry Bradford Associate Editor, HuffPost Business and HuffPost Small Business

Just when President Obama thought he and the AARP were going steady, he got handed a break up note.

Turns out the AARP wasn’t so into the president citing the advocacy group as a supporter of Obamacare during Wednesday night’s debate. The American Association of Retired Persons, as it is formerly known, issued a statement today emphasizing its nonpartisan stance, likely due to the following comments made by the president during the debate:

"So, I don’t think vouchers are the right way to go. And this is not my own -- only my opinion. AARP thinks that the savings that we obtained from Medicare bolster the system, lengthen the Medicare trust fund by eight years. Benefits were not affected at all," he said.

For its part, the AARP, which has expressed support for the health reform law in the past, said in a statement that it wants to stay removed from either candidate’s campaign.

While we respect the rights of each campaign to make its case to voters, AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign. AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party.

Some have questioned the AARP's motivation for supporting Obamacare in the first place. Last month, Senator Jim Demint (R-S.C.) criticized the organization in a Politico op-ed for selling out seniors by allegedly gaining a $1 billion windfall off of Obamacare’s $716 billion cut to Medicare.

Indeed, the effect Obamacare is having on seniors appears somewhat unclear. While Obama's health care reform has saved Medicare recipients $3.7 billion in prescription drug costs since 2010, some drug plan premiums may soon rise by up to 23 percent, according to a recent report by Avalere Health.

(Hat tip: Fox News)

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