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One Nation under AARP: The Fight over Medicare, Social Security, and America's Future Paperback – June 20, 2011
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"An engaging, insightful portrait of America's retiring baby boomers and the way they are changing the politics of aging."--Aaron Klink"Library Journal" (07/15/2011)
An engaging, insightful portrait of America s retiring baby boomers and the way they are changing the politics of aging. --Aaron Klink"Library Journal" (07/15/2011)"
From the Inside Flap
Fred Lynch has written a nuanced and marvelously comprehensive examination of the state of the Boomer Nation. This book offers an in-depth look at the economic challenges facing Boomers as well as a colorful account of how AARP has tried to rebrand itself to attract the generation that once celebrated the free spirit and hated the establishment’.”Neil Howe, co-author of The Graying of the Great Powers
"A timely and important study of one of the most powerful lobbying groups in America as it redefines its mission and its message to confront the generational challenges of the twenty-first century." Steve Gillon, author of Boomer Nation and Resident Historian of the History Channel
"Fred Lynch's interpretation is an illuminating and much needed empirical corrective to the confusing and misleading cant that dominates so much of the debate. His scholarship deftly distinguishes between the organization's marketing to an aging society and the diverse realities of that population demographic." Ted Marmor, author of Fads, Fallacies, and Foolishness in Medical Care Management and Policy and The Politics of Medicare
Top Customer Reviews
With lively, often humorous, writing, he profiles the sociological and demographic characteristics of the boomer generation and the potential political influence of this huge group. The boomers have come of age - and old age- in a changed and changing society and in a changed and changing economic and cultural global environment. Many who have taken a secure retirement for granted are now worried by the real-estate meltdown, the stock market crash, and the diminishing of their retirement accounts. Seniors vote in higher proportion to other age groups but they have not thus far voted as a united bloc. Will they be galvanized by these events and use their "senior power" to fight against the threats to Medicare and Social Security and other social supports?
Lynch also analyzes AARP' efforts to study and recruit aging boomers and its role in the passage of the controversial Affordable Care Act ("Obama Care"). In so doing, he provides a long overdue analysis of AARP's commercial and political activities. This is a timely and highly readable book for anyone interested in American politics and social change.
More broadly, Lynch offers important insights into the pivotal role AARP plays in setting the national agenda for Social Security and Medicare. He examines thoughtfully the conflicting impulses of conservative older voters to support entitlements at the same time that they rail against "big government." He asks important questions about the potential potency of older Americans as a voting bloc, the future of health care reform and the Tea Party.
This is a must read for anyone interested in the inner workings of policymaking in Washington affecting older Americans.