Obama thanked the organization for doing “what it does best” by “organizing” and “letting people know the options that are out there.” This is how the allegedly nonpartisan AARP lets its members know the options:
Why is AARP not standing up for seniors when Obama says he will cut Medicare to help pay for health care?
The proposed changes to Medicare will help to get fraud, waste and abuse out of the system and create payment incentives to reward doctors and hospitals for the quality, rather than the quantity, of care they provide. They will not cut the benefits our members rely on in the traditional Medicare program, but will help to keep it affordable to make sure you get the care you need.
Isn’t this socialized medicine?
No. In socialized medicine the government directly owns the hospitals and directly employs the doctors. No one in Washington is talking seriously about anything like that.
At the link, Phil Klein notes that AARP was whistling quite a different tune when Bush suggested much more modest Medicare cuts.