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AARP Does Not Represent Older People. They Just Sell Insurance.
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I finally had it with AARP. They only tried to sell me insurance and did not represent me as an older person. They also gave out my email address and phone number to other companies. I finally called them and had them delete my membership and refund my money.
     
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Razzel on 12/28/2013:
That's why they lobbied so hard for Obama Care! McCain talked about that on tv.
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AARP is in bed with Rush Limbaugh by advertising on his show.
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TEMPE, ARIZONA -- AARP advertises with the filthy mouth Rush Limbaugh. This man is a drug addict who hates college students and calls them [snip] for using birth control. He is totally against Medicare and SS. He is really against the Affordable Health Care Act. He is the biggest racist, bigot on radio. Rush even hates animals and poor children. This jerk has been Married at least 4 times and does not have any children. His daddy was a big time judge somewhere down south. He did not protest the Vietnam war and did not have to go. No wonder he does not support Vets with jobs, health care, and the GI bill for education. He does not even have a degree, he never went to college. He has gone to far and needs to stop. I would like to unsubscribe to AARP until they stop supporting Rush.
     
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Val in Az. on 07/30/2013:
There is a BIG difference between using birth control and expecting the taxpayers to fund said use.
Debbie on 07/30/2013:
Why? I worked with special education kids and the state of MI voted not to use taxpayers money. We had to triple our staff and nobody wanted these beautiful children. Only their fake babies in strollers were important. So we now have million dollar babies. And now nobody cares about them now that they are older, because they are considered a burden.
clutzycook on 07/30/2013:
Val, the taxpayer isn't paying for that. The insurance companies are.
JoeKay on 08/01/2013:
The real irony here is that pudge is supposed to be such a conservative, yet the AARP was 100% behind the "affordable" care act and is a huge important blowhorn for the democrats. The AARP ads are the local radio station's thing. I bet he'd have a stroke if he knew they ran AARP ads during his show.
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Multiple billing
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US -- I received MANY forms from AARP requesting my dues, it seemed that these coming every few months. I sent in my dues last August, my card states that my membership is paid up through Dec. 2013, and yet I received an "offer" for a free insulated bag if I renew now. Many elderly peple do not keep these records, AARP should be protecting its members, not trying to extract additional unnecessary fees!
     
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Samantha on 08/31/2013:
AARP bills 6-8 months before your membership renewal is due. I have already complained to them but have received another renewal reminder. It states that they are "concerned" because I haven't renewed yet, but it is still 3 months before my membership expires. They are acting like I am late paying. The notice doesn't even show when my membership expires. I have contacted them and all that accomplished was that they sent less email reminders to renew. They have to spend more money asking for renewal than the membership actually costs. If you get a 3 year membership I wonder how early they want renewal. It makes me feel that AARP billing practices are not ethical. Does anyone know of any other organization that helps seniors? I would like to switch.
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Insurance
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So, I got a solicitation from AARP for life insurance. The cost is about 8x more than what I currently pay. The same is true with just about everything else they sell. I can only assume that they are preying on seniors that they supposedly "represent." I get that they are not for profit. But I can't help but think they are charging their members as much as they can to fund their agenda.

Bottom line, AARP does NOT represent me and never will.
     
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ok4now on 01/08/2013:
Excellent post. AARP has a very liberal agenda that benefits them, not its members. You are wise not to do business with them.
Alain on 01/08/2013:
It doesn't much bother me whether AARP's agenda is 'liberal' or 'conservative'. What does bother me is that, as you've pointed out, they will sell their name to anyone with a buck regardless of whether the company is giving AARP members a good deal or not. I'm not doing any business with them anymore, either. We get the same discounts with a AAA card so to us, it's not worth paying for a membership. At least with AAA we get a free tow if we need it.
leet60 on 01/08/2013:
Over the past decade AARP has become little more than a shill for insurance companies to sell product. Their "lobby" is essentially ineffective and as Alain said, the membership benefits offer no more than AAA. I refuse to do business with them.
Tom-in-NM on 01/08/2013:
I belong to AARP because it has some nice discounts but I think they should divorce themselves from the insurance industry. Let the insurance giants just advertise as any other advertiser without AARP endorsing it.
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Uselessness of AARP
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NEW YORK -- I do not consider AARP as an effective organization anymore. It is prominent only in promotion of insurance companies, some services and others. AARP activities are not described in media: newspapers, TV, radio, Internet. 'Occupy Wall Street', unions, civil rights organizations have real power, they organize rallies, demonstrations, strikes, everything that bring attention to their issues. Nobody knows about petitions that AARP makes its members send to senators and congressmen. People over 50 are huge part of American population. We have to go to streets and squares to be heard.

     
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leet60 on 12/21/2012:
AARP, for quite some time now, has been little more than a company that sells insurance. On occasion, you will see them initiane a PR campaign in the media alluding that they protect the rights of the seniors when the government wants to reduce benefits. Most often this will be when there is talk of reducing medicare benefits, which AARP indirectly profits from.
wjk898 on 12/22/2012:
AARP was a big force in favor of ObamaCare even though funding of that program takes 800 billion from medicare. That's right, seniors. This outfit is anti seniors and their plummeting membership is confirmation of that fact. They are a front for leftist redistributionists. This is not new by the way. Fairly common knowledge to most by now.
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No For The Faint Of Heart
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ROANOKE, VIRGINIA -- I, actually, have had this plan, over a couple years. Overall, it has saved me a lot of money, as I'm chronically ill. But e-warning!!!

Since implementation of the Health Care Reform, many things are covered, only, by act of congress (every pun intended). If you are not willing to fight for each odd claim, and know your stuff, you will have troubles. Possibly regardless of insurer as all GPO my medicare guidelines.
     
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leet60 on 10/27/2012:
I have seen this with my relatives that are on Medicare as well. It seems, that "health care reform", is harming individuals more than helping the masses. The only part of the plan that seems to be reform, was to force insurers to take on those with preexisting conditions and minimize their profits - their response is to raise rates, cover as little as possible and create a barrage of paperwork and red tape to the extent many individuals will simply give up on having a condition covered.
jktshff1 on 10/28/2012:
American Association for Ripping off People....
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Rude Telephone Operators
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Called to see why they didn't pay a claim to my doctors office. Medicare paid their part and AARP Health Care did not pay anything. When I called the company they said that I would have to have the doctor's office send them the papers saying that Medicare paid them. I ask them to call the doctor's office I had the telephone number, but they stated that was not their job. I pay them for my supplemental insurance, and them don't want to help me. I'm going to look for another supplemental insurance company.
     
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Anonymous on 11/17/2011:
Your insurance company can't pay as secondary until they know what Medicare paid. It is not the insurance companies job to call your dr for you. They are not allowed to call dr's offices and tell them what to do.
kennedy on 04/05/2012:
AARP is American association for retired people
john on 04/05/2012:
AARP
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Dishonest Advertising
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AARP is continuing to allow The Hartford to advertise when they are not giving service to customers and in fact are across the board ripping off customers with group rate rip offs to block seniors from affordable rates by huge unjustified category rated based on turning age 60 and not basing coverage on driving record. As AARP is supposed to protect seniors I wonder whose pocket is being lined as they aren't doing a thing to keep The Hartford from ripping off its customers and allowing them to advertise a outright lie is causes me to question why they continue to let them rip off member and why the fox has the keys to the hen house.
     
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Alain on 11/11/2011:
AARP is a lobying group and just like any K Street denizen they get funding by selling advertising. You'll notice that among the various insurance offers with an AARP label slapped on them, there is a statement saying AARP does not endorse the product. Translation: they paid their money and if you have a problem, take it up with the company because AARP has nothing to do with it. Companies can buy an AARP label just like Nike buys the right to put swooshes on athletes shoes or the American Petroleum Institute commissions to have glowing reports written about the oil and gas industry. Like all things related to politics and lobbyists, it's all about money. You're right, though, the fox not only has the keys to the hen house, it owns the processing plant that delivers the Chicken Nuggets.
Venice09 on 11/11/2011:
Interesting, Alain. I didn't realize that.
trmn8r on 11/11/2011:
5-star reply, Alain.
Ponie on 11/11/2011:
Yep. Just give AARP enough $$$ and they'll endorse anything--including checks sent for dues to belong to this 'prestigious(?)' organization.

I find the majority of auto insurance ads very annoying, especially the ones who claim you can save $?? per year switching to their company. I find Progressive's ads quite amusing. They actually quote how much you can possibly save when switching from other companies--State Farm among them. Couple of years ago, because of rising premiums, I switched *from* Progressive to State Farm!

Only reason I hope others can be convinced to buy Hartford: I have a few stocks in the company. :)
Old Timer on 11/11/2011:
I have an AARP card. It does get some great discounts at an untold number of places. I have never bought any of the crud they shove on me though. It is getting worse, they are pounding us with more crud then ever these days. If it gets much worse I will drop the AARP card and just use our AAA card for discounts.
Venice09 on 11/11/2011:
Ponie, I find the Progressive 'name your price' commercials hilarious. Progressive wants you to believe they invented the 'name your price' concept. Insurance companies have always let people name their own price by choosing the amount of coverage. It's nothing new!
jktshff1 on 11/11/2011:
American Association for Ripping off People
jktshff1 on 11/11/2011:
'sup Ponie....good seeing ya here!
ry on 07/10/2013:
Many years ago I took advantage of Auto and home insurance through The Hartford with a 40% decrease in my rates. Feeling that we were comfortable with the integrity of AARP.

After looking at the price of our latest policies we decided to explore other insurance companies. Much to my surprise all of the largest insurance companies were charging prices more than 50% less than we were paying AARP/Hartford.

Needless to say I no longer see any integrity in these organizations.

I urge everyone that has AARP insurance through the Hartford to go insurance shopping NOW!

Scammed by AARP


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How to really complain about AARP/ Hartford Auto Insurance
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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -- To really complain about AARP/Hartford Auto Insurance, I found out that the Hartford Auto Insurance company pays a royalty to AARP. So, instead of complaining to AARP, I am suggesting that a complaint form be filed with The State of Connecticut, Insurance Department, & you can print it off of your computer. The form is called CONSUMER COMPLAINT FORM, and it is believed that will get a better response than a complaint with AARP, because I could not find a complaint department within the AARP organization. GOOD LUCK
     
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MJGoldfarb on 05/16/2011:
I believe many companies "rent" their name for use by AARP.
Skye on 05/17/2011:
When they show the commercials, they say at the bottom, AARP is not the insurer, Hartford is, and AARP has nothing to do with it.

All concerns should be made to Hartford, not AARP.
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Not Friendly
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Their first year rate was reasonable, but the renewal rates were
increased by several hundred dollars. I have no claims or accidents. The CRs are quite surly and unhelpful, in my opinion and experience. I have got quotes that are much less and so I will be leaving them. I cannot recommend them to seniors.
     
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tnchuck100 on 01/30/2011:
AARP is not who you should be complaining about. All they did is rent their logo to Hartford. They are who you should be directing your complaint toward. AARP is nothing more than a marketing tool.
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