AARP membership has declined from a peak of 40 million in 2008 to about 38 million today. This, in spite of the fact that the over-50 demographic has been growing. Since 2008, the ranks of alternative organizations – some of which cater specifically to conservatives – have seen exponential growth.
AARP’s troubles seem worse since its full throated support of Obamacare. Many in the alternative media have questioned AARP’s extreme politics. AARP pushed for Obamacare and lobbied against Medigap reform that would have lowered most seniors’ insurance bills. AARP officials also herd their members into paying for expensive Medigap plans.
AARP derives more than 50% of its revenues from royalty deals with big insurers. AARP may claim that it offers its members discounts, but the reality is that most of what the organization brands is hugely marked up. And all the added costs go straight to AARP.
A Guide to Alternative Senior Organizations
AARP claims to be non-partisan. But its leadership and agenda are anything but non-partisan. Below is a mini-directory of alternative senior organizations you might consider joining.
Self-description: American Seniors Association is the fastest growing seniors’ advocacy group. They are an emerging conservative voice on seniors’ national issues.
Association of Mature American Citizens
Self description: For many years, ther e was only one senior organization. Today, The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) offers an alternative perspective on how to best solve the problems seniors face today. AMAC is against high taxes and other policies that are especially harmful to those living on a fixed income.
Self description: A membership organization that provides access to discounts, benefits and services while supporting traditional American values. We are a conservative alternative to other retirement associations. Our organization is grounded in the principles upon which our Great Nation was founded:
- Small government
- Free Enterprise Solutions
- Personal Freedom
The Seniors Coalition
Self-description: The Seniors Coalition was originally founded as a public advocacy group fighting to repeal the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act. Since 1990, TSC has gr own rapidly and expanded its advocacy to include any issue that concerns America’s senior citizens. Today the Coalition is one of the largest grassroots advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C. in terms of number of supporters nationwide.
60 Plus Association
Self-Description: Founded in 1992, the 60 Plus Association is a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors’ issues.
Senior Americans Association
Self-Description: SAA seeks to embrace all the good things about aging along with the challenges. We’re a big part of ‘can do’ America.