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Kayla Boos

on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of AARP

American Association of Retired Persons What issues are your group concerned with? Involved in litigation? AARP foundation works with struggling people 50 and over so they can regain their confidence as good providers and members of their communities. They focus on four priorities where immediate action and legal advocacy will have the greatest impact: hunger, income, housing and isolation. What are some examples of legislation your group supports or opposes? Supports: 2 years ago in 2011, the AARP supported the Smoke Free Legislation

Opposes: AARP recently opposed proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid that simply shift costs to seniors, including raising the eligibility age for Medicare. What resources make it influential? a large volunteer network help the AARP influence thousands of potential members every year, also it is the oldest and largest interest group focused completely on senior citizens, using its numbers and resources to persuade policy makers for the benefit of the members using the organization. Which parts of the government does your group target? Congress What is it doing to support its favored candidates? What endorsements has it made? AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. Make the connection between their political ideology, the legislation they support, and the party they support. AARP supports the democratic party, AARP supported the Health Care Bill and they wanted to make sure that they would continue to enroll seniors into their supplemental Medicare insurance. They mainly support a Legislation that has a positive effect on senior citizens. What are its strengths and weaknesses? Strengths: Its members Weaknesses: How effective is it in achieving its agenda? Very effective, AARP develops its public policies through a consistent, ongoing process that begins with member input and policy analysis. The AARP has a National Policy Council that is composed of volunteers who represent a diverse cross section of AARP members and have a proven record of public policy experience and interest. Throughout the year, council members are asked to participate in a variety of activities including maintaining ongoing relationships with states, hosting AARP policy forums, and representing the council before AARP members and the public yes, there is the AARP Foundation Litigation which is an advocate in courts nationwide for the rights of people 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and assuring that they have a voice in the judicial system
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