AARP attacked for support of health law

March 31, 2011 at 9:58 PM

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Two Republican members of Congress charge the largest group advocating for the elderly stands to gain financially from the U.S. healthcare reform law.

A subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee plans a hearing Friday on the AARP, The Washington Post reported. The healthcare subcommittee released a report Wednesday saying the Affordable Care Act will increase demand for supplemental Medicare policies sold by the AARP.

"This hearing is about getting to the bottom of how AARP's financial interests affect their self-stated mission of enhancing seniors' quality of life," Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., the subcommittee chairman, said. "It is important to better understand how AARP's insurance business overlaps with its advocacy efforts and whether such overlap is appropriate."

In 2003, Democrats attacked AARP for supporting President George W. Bush's Medicare prescription plan. At the time, Republicans praised the group, the newspaper noted.

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