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GOP challenges AARP on UnitedHealth Group ties

Conservatives are challenging AARP’s political motives because of the organizations ties with UnitedHealth Group and other health insurers.

Conservatives are challenging AARP’s political motives because of the organizations ties to UnitedHealth Group and other insurers.

AARP, which lobbies on behalf of older Americans, makes millions from royalties on health and other insurance plans it endorses, the Washington Post reports. Between 2007 and 2008, AARP earned $400 million from Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group.

GOP lawmakers say those payments taint AARP’s support of Democratic-sponsored health-care reforms. They’ve questioned its stance in a letter and recent speeches and interviews.

One problem, the Wall Street Journal notes: AARP’s position on planned cuts to Medicare Advantage is largely at odds with the insurance industry’s stance.