My 86 Year Old Mother Hates You .
The AARP has become a marketing organization only. Its clout on Capitol Hill is close to zero. Clawing money from Medicare is one example and the major negative impact of the tax bill on seniors is the final straw. DO NOT JOIN AARP for its defense of seniors--it is a maketing firm.
Will AARP allow this appalling GOP Tax Bill steal money from our SSI and Medicare again? This happened during the Reagan administration and it has never been paid back and now they are doing this again? I find this totally illegal, this bill is illegal they way it was voted on. Clearly, it was not even a finished product and no one was able to read it before Voting. The side notes on the margins are a dead give away. This document is by far a done deal and I am hoping AARP will get the legal teams fighting the GOP for trying to screw us, seniors. Yes, I am angry, you bet I am. I am disgusted on how the GOP feels they can do anything they damn want regardless of who pays. AARP, I am counting on you to get us out of this mess. I am almost 74 and still working and paying into my SSI and Medicare as well as my employer and the GOP has no right coming after our hard earned money. SSI is all I have to retire. Legally are they allowed to do this? Can we sue the Government? They are rushing this bill because they need Trump to sign it and they will know he may be behind bars soon along with Pence, Ryan and McConnell (I hope) these evil men need to hang.
YOU ARE RIGHT ON AND THE TRUMP CRIME FAMILY HAS TO GO ALONG WITH THE OTHER CRIME FAMILY(THE GOP ).
Has AARP investigated the potential huge tax increase on retirees?In 2016 those of us single over 65 received a standard deduction of $7850 plus a personal exemption of $4050 for a deduction of $11950 from adjusted gross which is to be replaced in total by a $12000 standard deduction but my main concern is the SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS WORKSHEET which exempted a major portion of SS benefits from taxation.A fictional retiree with $16000 SS+$1000 taxable interest+a $2000 taxable IRA withdrawal +$16000 taxable pension for a total of $35000 would have $23000 taxable income if all SS benefits are taxed X 12% for a total of $2760.Using the 2016 SSBW only $1000 of the SS is taxable,for an adjusted gross income of $20000 minus the proposed $12000 Standard Deduction for a taxable income of $8000 X 12%(the increased rate from 2016 of only 10%) equals $960,an increase of $1800 which would be higher if the increase from 10% to 12% were taken into consideration.Please have AARP vehemently oppose this Republican attack on retirees.
It does seem that at least 3 issues remain unclear to seniors or will act to their detriment :
1.) The tax exclusion on Social Security benefits (15% or more) in place now.
2.) The "over 65 or blind" increase in the Standard Deduction in place now.
3.) The deduction of substantial medical costs especially as they may apply to nursing home costs.
Hopefully AARP will aggressively address these areas of interest and concern to seniors and expose the smoke and mirrors behind Trump's "massive beautiful largest tax cut in the history of the world" tax plan.
AARP has become so bureaucratic, it might have surpassed government. It's so clumsy, it can't get out of it's own way. I've been trying to get attention to a health insurance gap due to a medicare law "feature". Can't do it.
AARP's priorities are evidently focused on revenues, in part, by MAKING IT LOOK LIKE it does good things for its members.
AARP membership is not worth it.
It's NOT AARP..................BUT.....AARP CORPORATION. Yes it's a CORPORATION. A member of the CORPORATION MONOPOLY.
And all the members are being conned.
I am in a situation where I am unable to get health coverage for a month, due to a gap between the end of employment coverage and the beginning of medicare.
No one at AARP is able/willing to take this information, never mind getting as far as someone helping.
My experience is, AARP is a large government with no help available. It demonstrates attention to its own needs; not those of its members, (based on this experience).
As minimal as the membership cost is, it's not worth the money.
No at AARP is able/willing to take this information, never mind getting as far as someone helping.
My experience is, AARP is a large government with help available.
I'm very concerned that AARP hasn't been very vocal about the upcoming tax proposals and budget cuts being discussed by Congress and needs to be more responsive to it's members concerns regarding the proposed GOP tax plans. Watching the ongoing committee hearings on C-Span it is clear that two very important matters and the negative impact effecting seniors are being totally overlooked, hardly discussed and ignored in the committee meetings, and the media as well, 1) the elimination of medical deductions over 10% AGI, and 2) the potential cuts of $450 billion in Medicare over a 10 year period, and possibly $25million to occur this year alone. For many of us on fixed incomes (ssa and annuities) and with high medical claims not covered under insurance, having the medical deduction at least helps to offset the high costs we incur annually. Eliminating this deduction would have a negative costly effect. Additionally, reducing the Medicare budget can only result in either higher premiums or reduction in benefits for those who depend on it the most. Both scenarios negatively effect seniors who have been PAYING into the system for many years (in my opinion this is NOT an entitlement but a benefit that was promised, earned and paid by Medicare taxes being taken out of my paycheck since 1965 !!).
There are many ways and ideas to ensure the system remains financially solvent without taking it out on the backs of Seniors with fixed incomes and medical issues that come with older age. However, listening to many of the congressman speak you would think we Seniors enjoy nothing more than visiting doctors and hospitals regularly and socializing about our medical problems. This attitude is insulting at ignorant at best.
AARP needs to do a much better job of informing it's membership the potential negative financial impact these proposals have on Seniors and increase it's lobbying efforts on Congress to ensure these proposals are not approved. You represent a major voting bloc in this country and the blowback will be significant once people understand what's at risk if these proposals are approved. This should not be a partisan issue and will effect all Seniors regardless whether you are Republican or Democrat.
When is AARP going to get off its "butt" and start representing seniors as it relates to anything that will negatively impact or even threaten to impact the quality, cost and scope of healthcare or social security benefits which we have paid for dearly throughout our entire work career, to ensure those benefits are there when we need them. I and my friends and neighbors have donated a great deal over the years to ensure AARP is there "Loud and Strong" on behalf of senior in protecting the programs they rely on from being attacked.
Your response during the healthcare debates was pathetic at best, and now again the AARP is silent on a Tax Cut Bill that benefits the top 1% of wage earners, increase the division of wealth even further while almost ensuring future major cuts to the Medicare and the Social Security programs, while providing little to no help to the vast majority of Americans. You are trying to play both sides to the middle. to be non-confrontational to keep memberships, to not alienate one political party nor the other. All the while this organization which we have all supported sits back without a strong public presence warning seniors and their legislators to preserve the programs we have already paid for. Where are the warning to seniors of these potential cuts associated with this tax plan. Where is the strong messaging to the politicians who will be voting that under no circumstance can their actions be allowed to jeopardize these programs we all rely on. Stop vacillating and start doing your job. Start protecting loudly nd clearly what you are there to protect. We are all very disappointed in your lack of leadership and your relative silence and poor timing in getting the facts and key messaging to protect our programs out strongly!!
Why are major news organizations not actually showing the cost of the GOP tax plan to seniors? Our deduction is not just $6300. It also includes the personal exemption of $4050 and an additional $1550 for seniors over 65. This bill is saying it almost doubles the standard deduction (true) but neglecting that the personal deduction will be eliminated making the net change much smaller than claimed.
The GOP Senate tax bill is very BAD for middle income single retired people like me. It is nothing more than taking money from the middle class and giving it to the high earners and businesses. I re-figured my 2014, 2015, and 2016 taxes based on the Senate changes. Figuring changes including increasing the standard deduction ($12000), loss of state and sales taxes, and loss of personal deduction (-$4050)...all included in the "reform". Remember currently a single person receives a standard deduction of $6300 plus an individual exemption of $4050 for a total of $10350 so the $12000 standard deduction actually is an increase of only $12000-$10350= $1650...not close to doubling the current deduction. Since I am single and over 65, my standard deduction is $7850 instead of $6300. As a senior, my 2016 standard deduction and personal deduction is $7850+$4050= $11900. Subtracting the 2016 deductions form the proposed $12000 leaves me with a $100 increase in the standard deduction based on the GOP Senate tax plan...WOW that does not look very close to double!.
2014 taxable income would increase $5486....ouch!
2015 taxable income would increase by $1650...
2016 taxable income would increase $7251...that hurts! AND....switching to the chained COLA would reduce the standard deduction every year if there is any inflation after 2018.
I have wondered the same. I have posed the question to Heritage Foundation, sent email to Paul Ryan in response to an email, and also sent email to my House rep.......to no avail. No one bothers to answer. Looks like seniors and the blind (who also get the extra exemption) are being "thrown off the cliff". I suppose the old Dem campaign ad with Paul Ryan pushing granny off the cliff is accurate afterall.
I wonder how much money is wasted by AARP. Since the end of July I have received thirteen notices that my membership is about to run out. Yet it does not run out until December!!! That is $6.37 in postage stamps spent by AARP just for me. Not counting envelopes, paper, and employee time. I wonder how many thousands of members you also send so many unneeded renewals to? It is no wonder insurance is so high. Maybe ext year I could send in my payment renewal on the first notice you send me and deduct the $6.37!!
Thank you for making it clear that we senior citizens are a very large viable voting block. I have sent this to all of my representatives. If you will ask your membership to do the same maybe we will get them to remember that they work for us.
July , 2017
Dear (Senator or Representative)
New York Representative Sean Patrick Malony is introducing three bills that will make sure representatives in Congress have the same healthcare plan as their constituents.
I agree that our elected representatives should not have special privileges. They should not only have the same healthcare plan as the people they represent, I believe that all of the laws passed for the people of the United States should apply to all of their elected representatives.
I am writing to ask that you join with Rep. Malony in requiring that all elected congressional representatives, regardless of party, vote to insure that the HEALTHCARE law and any other law that you approve for the American people will also apply to you.
If you don't believe this is the way our elected representatives should represent us, I will do my best to make sure that in the next election, we, your constituents, replace you with someone that does.
I can't get a Homeowners Insurance Quote (not policy, but quote) because according to Hartford, the roof on my to-be residence is over 20 years old. I don't understand this because if the Inspection says the roof is too old, obviously, it will get replaced. My husband and I have had Homeowners Insurance on our present residence for over 10 years, and prior to that, on at least 4 other residences, and I have never heard of being declined for a quote because of the home's roof. I won't be using AARP for Homeowners or any other insurance with this idiotic disqualifier.
I was an associate state director years ago and now retired. I tried to get involved as a volunteer and went through the online system. Two years later someone calls me and said they got my application!!!!!! I said absolutely not.
I just got the AARP Job Board post card. Useless! I put in my zipcode and how far I was willing to travel (20 miles). Got some in my area but the rest (pages and pages!) were in the far reaches of my state and other states. How much money was spent on the ridiculous campaign. I'd have more luck going on Indeed or craigslist. The saddest part is that for those of us retirees who need to work it feels like a cruel bait and switch. If you want to help then find a way to help.
Your system of renewing memberships is extremely complicated. After I just spent a half hour talking to a representative, I finally understand the system but it's irrational beyond belief. The worst part of it is that nowhere on the MULTIPLE REMEWAL forms you send out, there's no explanation of how to interpret what they mean.
I interpreted the expiration date meant when my membership ended not when the bonus promotion ended.
I assumed that my renewal date would always be the same even if I paid late. Not so, if you do not renew in the month your membership began and pay late, a whole new renewal date starts. I joined in January 1946 so i assumed my renewal date would always be January. But some years I couldn't pay in January so I paid later in February or March. My new renewal date would be the month I paid. But I was still shown as a member since January 1946. I get 2 or 3 renewal notices so I assumed the expiration date on them was when my membership ended but it was for the expiration of the promotion.
You're dealing with Seniors who have lost some of their capacity to deal with such a complicated system. May I make a suggestion. Send one and only one notice, saying that your membership expires on such and such a date. If you still want to make specials offers (reduced membership fees, special gifts) througho,ut the year, make it very clear when the person's membership ends and the notice is only an offer of some promotion for RENEWING EARLY.
AARP heavy on political ad's, don't represent views of a large percentage of your membership, need to be member focused not political viewpoint focused.
Absolutly HORRIBLE, ASKING US TO DO ILLEGAL ACTIVITY...UNEDUCATED,CONFUSED,UNSYMPATHTIC,READ OFF A SCRIPT AND HAVE ABSOLUTLY NO IDEA WHAT TO DO..
ONE HAND HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE OTHER IS DOING AND SO FAST TO SAY WELL THE EMPLOYEE WHO TOLD YOU THAT GAVE YOU WRONG INFORMATION. AND TO ASK FOR A SUPERVISOR IS LIKE ASKING FOR A MILLION DOLLARS. ALL DOWN TO THEM AND WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE THEY HAVE ASKED SEVERAL TIMES FOR US TO DO ILLEGAL DEALINGS WHICH WE HAVE ANSWERED NO...
SO ALL DOWN TO THEM OUR 95 YEAR OLD FATHER WITH ALTIMEZERS IS GOING TO BE PUT ON THE STREETS TO FEND FOR HIMSELF. DO YOU CONSIDER THAT A COMPANY THAT GIVES A DAMN ABOUT ANYONE BUT THE MONEY IT BRINGS IN
TIME TO GO TO THE NEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
I have never been a member and probably never will be. My name is Dan Miller and my mother and father were active members up until over 2 years ago they DIED. We still receive correspondence from you even though I have returned them with the explanation that both Clyde and Linda Miller are DECEASED. Why do you insist on doing this. I realize that 99 per cent of this is computer generated but come on 2 years later you can not get it thru that they are both DEAD. My father and I were very close and I am still Having a real hard time with the fact that they are both GONE so you can imagine my delight every so often when we receive more of your crap reminding that they are gone. Please find someone there that can go into the computer and take ClydeMiller, Linda R. Miller, 4490 Box Canyon Road, Billings, Mt. 59101. Thank you if indeed anyone there is smart enough to take care of this problem.
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