That is the title to an American Thinker piece that shows the Democrats using pages out the the Republican Establishment's crony capitalism playbook:
We now have a clear picture of the treachery in which AARP has engaged since President Obama took office. The Daily Caller reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted Medigap policy sellers, including the American Association of Retired Persons, exemption from ObamaCare-mandated federal supervision of insurance premium hikes. "Medigap" is an industry term for a type of coverage that helps pay medical costs not covered by Medicare.
Non-Medigap insurers, not exempted from ObamaCare's rate reviews, must justify rate increases. In effect, the HHS exemption gives AARP the ability to generate profits not achievable by non-exempted competitors.
It's important to remember that AARP helped push ObamaCare through Congress by contributing to a $121 million advertising campaign and paying for millions of dollars worth of Washington lobbying. AARP has betrayed the seniors whose interests the organization allegedly protects and positioned itself to make billions after playing along with the Obama administration's corporatist favoritism.
Corporatism, or "crony capitalism," takes many forms. For instance, when seniors began to catch on to the systemic health care damage that ObamaCare would cause, President Obama and congressional Dems feared disappearing senior political support. As I discussed last August, it is at such junctures that "the Halliburtons, BPs, attorney groups, SEIUs, and AARPs, which donate in return for political favors that funnel dollars into corporate bank accounts," enter the picture. In crony capitalism, corporate entities fund misinformation campaigns that paint harmful government action as beneficial and shifty politicians as straight-up. In the case of ObamaCare, AARP leadership supported legislation which AARP members judged harmful and therefore rejected.
So AARP's game is now crystal clear. The organization pushed legislation which will hurt seniors financially and in quality of medical care. AARP leadership betrayed current members to gain future members. The leadership learned well: corporatism creates prosperity for the few who play the game.
Prosperity for the many is another matter. General wealth increases when people with legal business ideas get equal opportunities to introduce those ideas to the marketplace. Entrepreneurs must be free to pour resources into products and services that people want. In such a system, companies win by providing the best products and services in the fastest, cheapest ways. Businesses and consumers win.
But in helping Democrats pass economically destructive legislation, AARP has helped number the days for revenue streams and jobs in insurance industry competitors that fail to negotiate the corporatist maze.
AARP has joined more than 1300 entities granted the freedom to compensate for the higher costs assured by Obamacare's overregulation of the health care and insurance markets. AARP's actions will end up contributing to seniors' health care quality falling and costs rising-by government fiat.