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Dana Anspach

Looks Like AARP Has Some Competition

By February 25, 2010

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A conservative, Republican client of mine, fed up with the stance AARP is taking on many issues, left and joined "the new senior organization" called AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens).

It looks quite interesting. Would I join AMAC instead of AARP? If it were me, I'd join them both, because I like to learn about both sides of an issue, and form my own educated opinions.

March 5, 2010 at 9:20 am
(1) Bill Nichols says:

Thanks for the listing; an interesting group that now has another new member. AARP needs an alternative!

February 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm
(2) Mona McCann says:

Early on I was aware AARP was supporting the Obama
(so called) health care and immediately cancelled my AARP membership – or so I thought. I had to constantly email or call them to stop all their ads, magazines, etc., etc. They are a bigger organization than most people have the slightest knowledge of. I am now cancelling my insurance coverage and transferring it over to AMAC. Thank heaven’s we finally have a choice.

February 28, 2011 at 9:06 am
(3) Wade Willey says:

When any organization is one sided on its political views it is normally because the people at the top only want their views supported. When this happens they end up creating their own competition. AARP has gotten to big for many mature Americans. I like many others are outraged past endurance. They have chosen their agenda and therefore like many others I am joining AMAC.

March 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm
(4) Guy Clifton says:

AARP is nothing but an extension of the federal government. Both are absolutely determined to bring pure socialism to the USA. Both must defeated. I look forward to hearing more about your growth.

April 28, 2011 at 9:50 am
(5) evelyns says:

If these comments about AARP vs. AMAC are indicative
of the membership of AMAC, I will stick to AARP.

April 28, 2011 at 10:01 am
(6) Don C, Chicago says:

Well, I am a proud member of AARP and support its social agenda. The lines are pretty well drawn – those seniors who are comfortable could not care less about those who are not. They got theirs and to heck with the rest. AARP tries to focus on ALL seniors, and I commend them for it. Formation of a right-wing group so the right-wingers can go off in their corner, count their money and gloat is fine with me. Unfortunately, that is not ALL the right-wingers do. They bribe politicians to get them more and everyone else less. The country is probably going to have to go through an era of oligarchy and/or fascism akin to the medieval fiefdoms before the populace rises up as the French did in the late 18th century. The haves will enjoy their run as “royalty” for a generation or three, and then eventually the pitchforks and torches will come out and the chant of “guillotine!” will get louder and louder. As we see in the Mideast, oppression of the masses by the few is not sustainable, but short-term greed makes people long-term foolish.

April 28, 2011 at 10:43 am
(7) Steve says:

Very interesting to see how both sides try to stab each other. It is a sad comment on our country when all we see is what can we do to hurt the other guy.
It would really be great if someone would actually say something that was good for all of us. How do you expect to make progress when all you want is to prove your side is better then the other? Stop trying to be better and start trying to be fair.

July 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(8) Ed Mendenhall says:

Civility and dialogue are definitely in order in our nation and about issues relating to AARP. I try to read the AAPR magazine with an open mind. I have found many informative articles which address health concerns. However, their slant is definitely to the left. I see nothing untoward with this, if they would just say so up front. I have become concerned that the magazine — and their stance on political issues– is not balanced with more of a variety and diverse views. I think AARP offers many good products through United Health, et al. I dropped my membership a couple of years ago. But I still take the supplement health insurance AARP offers. I am taking out a one year membership in AMAC. Hopefully their views will be more balanced. I sincerely wish we all could have more thoughtful discussions and sharing. Something important is being lost that is good about our American character and democracy, when we over indulge in shrillness and name calling. From a right- center view, who longs for friendly dialogue with those who hold different opinions! –Ed

August 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(9) FoxMan says:

Don C: Politicians are swayed by both parties and all persuasions – always have and always will as long as the gov’t is the behemoth it is. The Obama administration is the most recent egregious example of this – and in fact has taken it to a whole new level. His cabinet and inner circle is filled with ex Goldman Sachs cronies and other Fortune 50 firms CEOs (look it up) looking for graft and . The Trillions flooded into the market place have lined the boys of Wall Street and Big business (have you not seen the record profit reports). Right Wingers as you call them were not in power when this was done where they! Tell me a city, state and federal government that epitomizes “bribe(ing) politicians to get them more and everyone else..” more then Chicago,Illinois and current POTUS administration. Heck, you live there tell us all what you see!!! It ain’t right wingers is it!!

September 19, 2011 at 12:27 am
(10) Edward Riggs says:

Does moneyover55.about.com have an affiliation with AMAC?
My bookmarks now also include:
AMA, American Seniors Association:
http://www.americanseniors.org/ ,
The Alliance: http://wethealliance.com/ , and
Generation America: http://www.generationamerica.org/

September 21, 2011 at 10:49 am
(11) moneyover55 says:

Edward, MoneyOver55 has no alliance with AMAC. Just providing resources so people have choice.

October 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm
(12) Larry Peoples, Sr. says:

If you’re a conservative card carrying member of the AARP, you’re being sold out. Every check you send them helps support their liberal agenda, like cutting Medicare, higher taxes, explosive government.

AARP drove Obamacare. I left AARP.

Get the insurance benefits you need with the organization that stands up for you. AMAC, better for you, better for America.

I joined for 5 years and will renew every 5 years thereafter.

April 8, 2012 at 9:25 am
(13) Chicago Scott says:

To address the charges of who is “greedy”, I guess that depends on how you define it.

When any group demands money from other taxpayers, I consider that greedy. Anybody who takes out a student loan and then wants that loan forgiven is greedy. Anybody who feels they have a right to other people’s property is greedy.

April 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm
(14) Kim says:

The best and only alternative is American seniors association. They truly have our interest at heart and comPletely oppose Obama and everything he stands for!


Sign up today and get your voice herd!

May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am
(15) john says:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for giving us an alternative to the left wing zelots found in the AARP. They sold out the senior citizens.

Thank you for giving us an alternative.

May 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(16) Neal says:

Kim: The correct URL for ASA is http://www.americanseniors.org

June 8, 2012 at 9:04 am
(17) Jim says:

Never will I spend 1 cent of my money to support OBAMA or with anyone who does !!!!……Thanks AMAC for being here.

September 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm
(18) Dorien de L says:

Do you know, Don C of Chicago, that the Obama Care supported by AARP will profit AARP several hundred Million dollars? This was built into the unhealthy Bill to gain AARPs support. And you talk about bribes? Do you really feel proud of the way this president “Deemed” the bill into existence? Do you really like the over whelming use of Executive order he so freely uses to pass his self centered issue rather than use due process? I suspect that you are too one-way to look at this objectively and with a mind related to freedom and the Constitution? Do you also realize, just read the Bil,l that Obama Care robs Medicare of $700,000,000.00 to help pay the costs of the bill, which still ends up costing more $ than are available? Think about these facts and then tell me it is smart to support AARP any more. I turned my card in 2 or 3 years ago, with an explanation that AARP refused to rebut. Sincerely and In Christ, an old wised up hippy, Dorien

October 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(19) RKV says:

Dorien, you tell em. My husband and I and about 10 of our friends dropped AARP due to their support of Obama Care and support of the democratic party. I know other people looking for alternatives. I also sent a note to them and they never replied. Why would they if they benefit from the liberal agenda. They don’t care about seniors!

November 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm
(20) LeRoy says:

Since aarp (notice all small letter) supported Obama Care I will not rejoin. AARP has to be losing a lot of members for that reason alone, no competion needed.

January 3, 2013 at 2:10 am
(21) Tedm says:

I just do not understand how liberals are thinking !!! Seem like to me a wise person would want less taxes and smaller government and more money in your pocket !
Just think of all the taxes the government comes up with. The right wing is all about reducing taxes and government spending……….Your money ! ! !

Help me to understand ????

February 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(22) Leo says:

Don C._– Wow Don, since you are so opposed to greed and corruption, why are you still living in Illinois, let alone Chicago?? How many of those right-wingers in that “corner” made an honst living,and how many of you with your hand out were responsible “discretionary” spenders? Isn’t this what a lot of the rumpus is about? Sometimes Iwonder if my Democratic friends ever studied economics or even looked at the Constitution.

February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm
(23) kathy says:

we were with aarp but when the election was and they got involved instead of being neutral we decided not to renew. So I was interested if there was anything else out there.

March 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(24) Cg says:

After seeing all the comments here about how great AMAC is and how evil AARP is, there should be an organization for people over 50 that concentrates on everybodies concerns instead of either democrat or republican. It’s sad that both organizations are so one sided. To the republicans that have commented about Obama, it is the republican politicians that want to cut costs for programs like Medicare, not Obama. To the democrats here that are in favor of Obama, the healthcare he’s set up is ok, but needs improvement as well. This nation has become a sad one since this last election. What ever happened to people coming together to create an equal bond with each other? Not about either being republican or democrat. Why is it so hard for people to think independantly instead of a democratic or republican mindset.

March 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm
(25) jsincl says:

Do people understand that most of these “alternative” organizations are setup to promote “conservative political propaganda” most of which are lies. Some don’t even have members, just organization names that make claim to a particular demographic group.Thanks MoneyOver55 for providing the info. Evidently AMAC does at least have members. If that’s your bent, I guess its for you .
If not, Don”be taken in!
AARP is balanced and promotes what is in the interests of its seniors and by extension the good of all citizens(our children, neighbors, etc are affected by our condition and will be seniors in time). The fact is that our common interests are protected by the kinds of programs that government has proven to be best at providing: Social security, Medicare; Education- Yes they are expensive and not perfect.
If you want a society without these these programs, many third world countries can give you an insight to what you can expect. – Not the life that we Americans aspire to.

May 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm
(26) Dan F says:

Organizations that support the people have no business in politics, period. They can’t support all the people if they sway to the left or lean to the right and in order to be successful with their agenda they must bow to the party in power or be totally against the party in power. There is no middle ground here. Get over it and quit arguing. No one is going to change their minds on their political beliefs because of comments about AARP vs AMAC. As for me, AARP has not done a darn thing for my benefit – nothing – and they never will. I oppose Obamacare, not because I’m retired, but because it is just bad for the people. But I will wait to see what AMAC really intends to do before I join their ranks. If I see no benefit I won’t join them either.

May 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(27) Bill T says:

I have finally and totally given up on AARP. They have become nothing more than an insurance sales company that victimizes it’s members in order to turn a profit. AARP no longer benefits those who spend their money trying to support them. An example is Obumacare, which is the greatest opportunity for insurance company profits to ever come along.

June 5, 2013 at 8:38 am
(28) Tom w says:

Answer to “AARP has no business in politics” and “AARP has done nothing for me”….The only way to do good for seniors is to have enough cash to lobby to counter the power of the big money lobby. Corporations, despite their generous claims, are designed to talk us out of our $$, and we are not represented in their structures. In our government, we have our voting power. In our chosen organizations, we can speak up or use our dollars to speak up. Think about this, folks, even though it’s tempting to simply label government as the bad guy.

June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm
(29) James Small says:

The Association of Mature American Citizens AMAC was founded to be a conservative alternative to AARP. You have a choice!

The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is a conservative, nonpartisan organization looking out for the interests of Americans 50 years of age and older. They believe in the traditional values of Faith – Family – Freedom that have made the United States of America the greatest of nations. They believe that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not empty words, but the fulfillment of the American dream.

AMAC will endeavor to be your advocate to promote commonsense government and to let you keep your hard-earned money in your pocket – not the governments. As of June 2013, 750,000 patriots have become card-carrying AMAC members. AMAC continues to gain thousands of new members each week. Today they are turning heads in DC. Together, imagine what they will accomplish when there a million members strong and more!


October 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(30) Melissa says:

Although it’s a long shot, what will those of you AMA’ers do if the Affordable Care Act should ultimately prove to be successful? Hypothetical of course, but there is that tiny possibility. What then? If AMA was formed to focus on conservative values then I suppose you would not join up with the Affordable Care Act nor would you drop your new memberships to AMA? Trying to be neutral and sensible in allowing for every possibility? When thinking down the road at all options this scenario could possibly occur even if remote. I’m torn. So what say you.

October 25, 2013 at 11:53 am
(31) Terry says:

Obamacare (aka the Affordable Health Care Act) will be “successful” (note the sarcasm here) because none that support it will ever admit its failure. The party line is that the “little” glitches that anyone with a software and hardware background in computers knows is far far more than little, will EVENTUALLY get fixed. The software was said yesterday to include 20 million lines of code thus far. This little piece of legislation that is now over 20,000 pages long is Mr Obama’s legacy, it will NEVER be allowed to fail on his watch. It will have an unlimitied sum of money thrown at it to keep it going untill he is out of office so the claim can always be made that it was working during his administration. (The Continuing Resolution that was passed a few days ago allows the govt to borrow and UNLIMITED amouth of money until 7 Feb 2014. The govt has borrowed over 350 billion dollars just in the last 7 days. An unprecedented sum for even for the USA.) And as most of you have noticed during your long lives, once a program is started within the gov’t it takes and act of God to discontinue it. The thought is always that if enough money is put into it, then it will eventually work. This “little” piece of legislation is changing yours and my lives forever … and for the worst. It has already changed your kids and grandkids lives. They just don’t know the consequences of this socialistic/communistic “reform” yet. But they will soon, very soon … even as early as 2014 and 2015. The republic of the USA is only a few months away from ceasing to exist. With that loss many more changes will be occuring over the next 3-10 years. The USA has terminally changed in the last 5 years.

October 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm
(32) garyd says:

Terry, about throwing more money at something and it not working, just look at education. Each and every year the government throws billions more $$$$ to the education system and each and every year the grades get WORSE. It’s time to get the federal government out of everything except food protections and military protection. Let the states do all the rest, after all who knows what their citizens want or need then the local state government?

Terms LImits = the only answer.

October 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm
(33) Myong Ziv says:

I needed to thank you for this very good read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a favorite to check out new things you post…

February 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm
(34) Ron says:

AARP supported cuts to Medicare to help finance ObamaCare. They no longer represent our Seniors

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