DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you recommend any advocacy organizations for seniors other than AARP? I cut up my AARP card a few years back when the organization supported Obamacare and am now looking for another organization that better represents me.
— Conservative Senior
DEAR CONSERVATIVE: There are actually quite a few senior advocacy organizations promoting themselves as conservative alternatives to AARP.
While AARP, with a membership of almost 38 million, is by far the biggest and most powerful advocacy group for people age 50 and older, there are millions of older Americans who don’t like or agree with their stance on various issues. Some believe AARP leans to the left despite its stated nonpartisan nature.
There are many conservative-leaning groups you can join that may better represent your views, and most offer discount benefits too. Here are several to consider.
The Seniors Coalition: Established in 1990, this nonprofit organization has about 4 million supporters. Its key issues are to protect Social Security benefits, save Medicare, repeal Obamacare, eliminate the death tax and reform the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment) system.
To learn more, go to Senior.org, or call (202) 261-3594.
60 Plus Association: Established in 1992, this nonprofit group, claiming more than 7.2 million supporters, believes in smaller government and lower taxes. Its top priorities include the fight to end the inheritance tax and taking steps to help save social security.
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