The AARP sent a letter to every member of the Senate this week asking them to vote against the Republicans' healthcare legislation.
Citing what she claims would be higher healthcare costs for older Americans, AARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond wrote the Better Care Reconciliation Act made her case in a lengthy letter.
"We urge all Senators to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act and urge you to 'start from scratch' and craft healthcare legislation that ensures robust insurance market protections, lowers costs, improves quality, and provides affordable coverage to all Americans," LeaMond wrote.
"AARP stands ready to assist in any way we can to craft such legislation. As our members expect from AARP, we will monitor each Senator's vote on the BCRA and notify them and other older Americans by reporting the vote in our publications, online, through the media, and in direct alerts to our members."
The organization claimed the BCRA would drive up health insurance premiums for older Americans.
"Specifically, the bill allows older Americans to be charged five times more than younger Americans," LeaMond wrote. "Under current law, older Americans can already be charged three times more than younger Americans and is already a compromise."
LeaMond also referenced changes to federal funding of Medicaid and Medicare as reasons why older Americans will have a more difficult time paying for their health insurance.
"We strongly oppose any changes to current [Medicare] law that could result in cuts to benefits, increased costs, or reduced coverage for older Americans," she wrote.
Senate Republicans were hoping to put the bill up for a floor vote Thursday, but it was announced Tuesday the vote will not occur until after the July 4 recess. As it stands, the legislation does not have enough support to pass.
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