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Fox Blames Bush's Disastrous Medicare Bill on the AARP

Reported by Melanie - April 25, 2006

Remember that "Medicare reform bill" George Bush said was a "victory for America's seniors" when he signed it into law in December, 2003? The one that was going to be a lifeline for our older citizens, simplify their lives, and decrease their stress and anxiety? The one that was sold to us as costing approximately $400 billion but that will instead most likely cost over $700 billion? The one whose drug provisions are proving to be overwhelmingly intimidating and confusing for seniors but extravagantly profitable for drug companies? If what happened on Fox News today (April 25, 2006) is any indication, the Republicans are going to try to disavow any responsibility for that too.

Substitute host David Asman hosted a roundtable discussion on Your World w/Neil Cavuto with four "guests," all but one of whom was a Fox News employee. The segment, titled, "AARP Torpedoes Social Security Stock Plan: Now Selling Mutual Funds!" was based on the premise that the AARP is hypocritical because it opposed Bush's Social Security "reform plan" but is now offering mutual funds to its members.

None of the five participants had anything good to say about the AARP, an organization that has historically supported Democrats. One even said it was "about as left as the ACLU."

Toward the end, Fox's Scott Bleier said this:

The AARP is the union for senior citizens and they collect huge dues off these senior citizens. Also, if you thing the oil lobby is powerful or the insurance lobby is powerful, the senior citizen lobby is one of the most powerful in this country. Look what they've done, they've defeated Social Security reform, they've got a huge Medicare bill. You can't beat them because politicians are scared to death of them. (Emphasis added.)

Comment: They've got a huge Medicare bill? There's a lot of time between now and November, and now and November 2008. If Fox hammers away long and hard enough, that Medicare bill might just become one and the same with that commie union, the AARP.

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