The nation's largest senior citizens organization reports losing 60,000 members due to its support of a health care agenda that includes rationing health care. The group denied having endorsed the House and Senate healthcare bills specifically; its influence upon them was such that President Barack Obama wrongly said AARP endorsed the bills in a recent town hall forum.
In materials provided to CBS News, AARP said 60,000 members have left its membership rolls in protest over its general support for the government-run health care plan. AARP spokesman Drew Nannis said: "We take stands on issues that are contentious, its part of what we do," Nannis said. "And because we have so many members we'll always have a small percentage that disagree with us so strongly they feel they need to cancel membership."