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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Obama Busted On Lies About AARP Endorsing Obamacare

Barack Obama lied to the people of Portsmouth, NH, who showed up at a townhall, by saying "We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors." Then later he said "Well, first of all, another myth that we've been hearing about is this notion that somehow we're going to be cutting your Medicare benefits. We are not. AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare, okay?”

An outright lie as ABC's Political Punch quotes the AARP saying that statement is inaccurate.

The AARP hasn't endorsed any plan yet.

The country's largest advocacy group for Americans over 50 issued a statement after the event saying, "While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate."

The reason Obama would tell such a blatant lie?

Because as The Politico points out, older men and women show up to townhalls in larger numbers than any other demographic.

At his Tuesday town hall event in New Hampshire, President Barack Obama made a point to reach out to seniors, noting the low support in polls for his health care proposals.

“We are not talking about cutting Medicare benefits,” Obama said, trying to assuage the audience.

But Obama is talking about finding hundreds of billions in savings from Medicare — cuts supporters say will trim fat from the program — including slashing $156 billion in subsidies to Medicare Advantage, a privately-administered Medicare program.

Why would Obama tell such a bald face lie about AARP in particular?

Older Americans turn out in much higher numbers than other age groups during midterm elections. In 2006, the 55-and-older age group still had the highest voting rate of any age group, at 63 percent, even though younger voters turned out in record numbers for a midterm, according to Census data. Half of all votes cast in the 2006 midterms were from voters aged 50 or older, according to AARP. And one out of four were AARP members.



Malkin takes a trip down memory lane reminding everyone of the human props Obama stacks his townhalls and supposed open forums with when he is pitching one of his proposals.

Unsurprisingly, he did it again at that one, this time hiding behind a little girl.