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As AARP membership drops, conservative alternative sets up shop in Alabama

According to the Washington Business Journal, membership in the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has lost 3 million members since 2008. The report says that 300,000 left after disagreeing with AARP’s support of the Affordable Care Act.

Enter the 60 Plus Association, a conservative alternative to AARP, which has chosen Alabama for it’s first state chapter, according to Yellowhammer.com.

60 Plus Association opens Alabama chapter
Photo from the 60 Plus Facebook page

The conservative news website says 60 Plus has a national support group of 7.5 million, including 80,000 in Alabama.

“Alabama is the perfect place to launch the first 60 Plus state chapter,” said Apryl Marie Fogel, 60 plus’ Alabama state director, in an interview with Yellowhammer. “With each passing day Alabama seniors are learning that AARP does not represent their interests and are looking for an organization that they can trust to fight for them. 60 Plus is that organization. We have been active in Alabama for years, with over 80,000 current senior supporters. With the launch of a state chapter we will be increasingly active at the state level and will keep our members informed about the policies that effect their pocketbooks.”

60 Plus defines its organization as a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues. Among the group’s primary goals are ending the federal estate tax and saving social security.

A town hall meeting is planned for Monday in Montgomery at the Embassy Suites at 2 p.m. Rep. Martha Roby will be the featured speaker.

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