2013 ALTERNATIVE VOTER GUIDES: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Note: We do not endorse alternative voter guides. In fact, in some cases we link to voter guides produced organizations with goals contrary to our own.  Nonetheless, we believe you may find considering an alternative voter guide (like the one that follows) helpful in validating our work.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is one of our nation’s most powerful lobbies. The AARP lobbying includes lobbying in Virginia politics.  Check out AARP Virginia, for example.

Unfortunately, the AARP strongly advocated the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and here are several news articles that discusses how the AARP supported Obamacare.

Since the passage of Obamacare, the AARP has tried to appear nonpartisan (see AARP Emphasizes Nonpartisan Stance After President’s Obamacare Comments During Debate (www.huffingtonpost.com)). So the AARP’s review of Virginia’s two gubernatorial candidates almost appears objective. Just the same, that review immediately gets to the AARP’s favorite subject.

Gubernatorial Candidates: Where They Stand

Virginia voters get a choice this year between gubernatorial candidates with strongly divergent views on issues important to older Americans.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are competing in the Nov. 5 election, one of only two gubernatorial races in the country this year.

The victor will influence how the state implements the new national health care reform law. The two candidates could scarcely have more different approaches.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, states can choose whether to expand Medicaid to people younger than 65 if their incomes are less than about $15,900 for a one-person household or about $21,400 for a two-person household. In Virginia, about 62,000 people ages 50 to 64 would qualify.

Washington has promised to pay the full fare of new enrollees for the first three years;  states would then begin paying a share of the coverage, to a maximum of 10 percent. (continued here)

Given the disparity of the candidates positions on Obamacare, and the AARP’s financial interest in Obamacare, voters would do well validate whatever the AARP posts on the political races in Virginia by checking other sources. That, of course, includes the candidate’s websites.

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