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Old 02-10-2017, 06:02 AM   #15
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I ignore the politics,
throw away the junk mail, and take advantage of the discounts especially on insurance. If politics bothered me I wouldn't be able to participate in the Airforums with its decidedly slant to one side, Have a good one.
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:30 AM   #16
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Haven't/won't join. If they would simply be a group with benefits for older people, I might. But the leadership, as a group, are "against" several things I'm "for", and "for" several things I am "against". ObamaCare was just the icing on the cake.

They don't need my money.


Ditto. Too political for me. I don't share their biases
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:35 AM   #17
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I ignore the politics,
throw away the junk mail, and take advantage of the discounts especially on insurance. If politics bothered me I wouldn't be able to participate in the Airforums with its decidedly slant to one side, Have a good one.
I guess, for me, it's giving them money, and then ignore all they do..
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:48 AM   #18
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Because they are partnering with United HealthCare, is enough to make me say no.

I'm all for capitalism, but when the reported total compensation package of Stephen Hemsley gives him an hourly salary that is close to or exceeds the average annual income of most Americans, something seems wrong wrong with the picture.
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:59 AM   #19
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watch their commercials; it does NOT say "RETIRED PERSON" R P is now something else.
As for their insurance, mine (AARP) is through THE HARTFORD; house, car, truck and Airstream.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:03 AM   #20
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There is another organization for seniors that has a more conservative bent. It is AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens). They were very helpful when I got a Medicare supplement. They searched through many options that were available and recommended a more affordable policy for me. Their cards have been honored at locations where AARP cards are accepted.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:06 AM   #21
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We make more than our dues back every year. I'm happy to support them.

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Old 02-10-2017, 07:30 AM   #22
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We are also AARP members, have our home, auto, including Airstream insured thru AARP/Hartford and the saving are very substantial. We've got friends who had a claim and were very happy with the service they received. AARP is a strong voice for protecting the elderly and all of our vulnerabilities, they do a great job.
As for the ACA, we didn't think that it went far enough.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:57 AM   #23
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Can you not get as good if not better insurance rates if you shop around yourself or is it all about convenience.

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AARP is all for preserving medicare, and asks its members for ideas to come to that end.
I rely on that program which I paid into all my life and would like to see it sustained by good management.
I could care less about discounts, but will use them if available.
Regarding the spam, I just throw it in the recycle bin with the other junk.
If we plan well enough medicare will be there for the young too, so no discrimination against them by AARP
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We are also AARP members, have our home, auto, including Airstream insured thru AARP/Hartford and the saving are very substantial. We've got friends who had a claim and were very happy with the service they received. AARP is a strong voice for protecting the elderly and all of our vulnerabilities, they do a great job.
As for the ACA, we didn't think that it went far enough.
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Agreed! The savings on insurance alone was substantial (premiums were literally half of what State Farm was on the house & vehicles!) I really appreciate the advocacy they do for retirees and the elderly, too. They manage to correct a lot of the misinformation being thrown out on Medicare, social security and other pertinent news.

As far as spam mail and such, it's easy to go in and limit the amount you get. I don't receive a lot of snail/junk mail anyway and what I do get makes for good fire starter...
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Can you not get as good if not better insurance rates if you shop around yourself or is it all about convenience.

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the short answer is "no", at least not for us. I think most people stick with the same insurance agent, when you really need to compare. I'm more than confident you will be surprised, actually shocked, when you get their price.
If you want to talk about getting a bunch of "junk mail" join the NRA.
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Since I'm the OP, I thought I would chime in and let you know I decide to take the plunge. I figure I can try it for a year and see if it is worthwhile (same as say, Good Sam which I joined for a couple of years and then decided it wasn't worth it - to me - it might work for you). Thanks for the input.
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Shop around for insurance. We found we could easily beat AARP's insurance cost with very little comparison shopping.
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