A number of conservative retirement organizations have gained support in recent years, offering an alternative voice to the AARP.
Some have criticized the nonpartisan AARP, which is the dominant advocacy group for older adults with 37.8 million members, as leaning too far left, The Wall Street Journal reported
Here are five of the most popular of those conservative retirement groups.
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60 Plus Association
The Alexandria, Virginia-based 60 Plus Association has more than 7.2 million members, according to its website
. The organization, founded in 1992, describes itself as a non-partisan seniors advocacy group that takes a “free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues.”
The Washington, D.C.-based Seniors Coalition has more than 4 million supporters nationwide, according to its website
. That site indicated the coalition was founded in 1990 and successfully pushed for the repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act. The coalition has since become an advocate on any issue it sees as concerning this nation’s senior citizens, with its current efforts including seeking the repeal of the Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010 by President Barack Obama. The AARP acknowledged it lost about 300,000 members because of its support for Obamacare, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Association of Mature American Citizens
The Lady Lake, Florida-based Association of Mature American Citizens, or AMAC, reported its membership rose to 1.1 million members in 2013 from 40,000 in 2008, according to The Wall Street Journal. That newspaper indicated the increase in AMAC membership occurred partly out of concern among seniors over the stance the AARP took in favor of Obamacare. AMAC was founded in 2007, according to its website
American Seniors Association
The Bradenton, Florida-based American Seniors Association describes itself on its website
as “the conservative voice for American’s seniors.” The ASA advocates “five foundations” of security for America’s seniors, which are reforming Social Security, reforming Medicare, reforming the tax code, controlling government overspending and rebuilding national values, its website said.
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National Association of Conservative Seniors
The Mooresville, North Carolina-based National Association of Conservative Seniors, which was founded in 2012, describes itself on its website as “the conservative alternative for seniors.” The organization’s founders believe in traditional American values, limited government, free markets, personal responsibility, individual liberty and a strong national defense, according to the website
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