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AMAC On Capitol Hill

by Andrew Mangione -

AMAC Founder Dan Weber and Director of Business Development, Andy Mangione return to Washington D.C. on December 4 for another round of meetings with Congressional members. Dan and Andy will be meeting with the offices of who Senators sit on the Senate Special Committee for Aging, a key committee for issues concerning AMAC members.

A meeting will also take place with a Congressional representative who sits on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. This is a follow-up meeting and the member of Congress is eager to learn more about AMAC’s proposal to keep Social Security solvent for the next 80 years.

Dan Weber also has a meeting scheduled with former Speaker of the House and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Dan will be presenting the mission of AMAC to Speaker Gingrich and ask for his collaboration on matters essential to AMAC members.

 

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Andrew J. Mangione Jr. is the Vice President, Government Relations, for AMAC and serves as the lead legislative and government contact in Washington, DC. He is also responsible for national grassroots outreach and developing strategic relationships.

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Comments (9)

  1. Denis McGinity says:

    Retired after 22 years usn and then again at 64. worked every day from 19 or 45 years. I am tried of hearing what I worked for called a ENTITLEMENT. and why dont the republicna poiont out that starting with JBJ it was the Democrats that have raided SSI and then added on those have have not even paid into the system. We need to wake up and fire them all.

  2. Daniel W Griffin Sr says:

    Ask them why Veterans like myself that pay $9.00 per 30 day supply could get the same Medication from Walmart for $.4.00 per 30 days supply. Thanks.

    • Concerned Compassionate says:

      It always pays to shop around.

      I am taking a drug that they charged my employer health plan $900+ for a 90 day supply. My co-pay was a whopping $180.

      I found a board certified Internet pharmacy in Ohio that sells me the generic version for only $45 for a 90 day supply. And it is the real deal! Absolutely a good proper drug and high quality.

      I have no insurance right now but I am ahead as far as my drug needs go vs paying high premiums and high co pays.

      I will agree there is ample room for cost cutting when it comes to Medicare, and our government is now actively working on that issue.

  3. PaulE says:

    Please tell us afterwards what the “mood” of these members of Congress were. Too many are starting to sound like they’re willing to throw their principles overboard for the sake of their re-elections. If they’re going to cave to Obama, then they need to be replaced.

  4. Concerned Compassionate says:

    Maybe AMAC will try to do something useful in Washington and will join the fight to end all this talk about privatizing the Medicare benefits that I have worked a lifetime to earn.

  5. Earl Cannon says:

    My wife and I are at the retirement age and feel betrayed by big government, big business and big labor. Big is not better in any of these three areas. The amount of money passing around year after year from hand to hand (round robin style) with “The Big Three” is corruption plain and simple. The wealth of this nation has been taken out of the hands of “money producing” people and trnsferred to “money spending” people. In time, if not put in check soon, this corrupt process will bring this great nation to its knees. We will then be put at the mercy of very dangerous people and governments around the world. There must be some way to get “One Message” out to help us all organize and unite
    like minded people to strengthen and unite in numbers needed to save us all.

  6. Bill O'Brien says:

    I want to address Grease 12 comments. I think I agree with what they are trying to say, but wish to clarify.
    A) A simple fix for the tax code is to implement the Fair Tax concept. This will eliminate the need for Lawyers and Accountants to write tax code that supports loopholes. It will also spread the tax liability equally throughout our society, and will allow Congress to spend its time on reducing expenditures.

    B) The reason our drug costs are higher than abroad is because foreign governments have price controls. In order for our pharmaceutical manufacturers to have the money to invest into research for new medicines, the money has to come from somewhere. Guess what, we are paying a higher share than the rest of the world because of those price controls. The answer is for our Government to create treaties/agreements with those foreign governments to allow our products to be sold in a competitive environment, or we will increase tariffs on their products. It is that simple. Our Government is the problem with this issue.

    C) I agree that corn should not be used as a fuel additive. What would be wrong with incentives to convert to gas. In New Zealand, over 50% of the vehicles are powered by natural gas.

    D) There is a law on the books that precludes doctors from telling patients patients what their alternative treatments and procedures are. It is called Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare reimbursement denials prevent the physicians from billing the patient, so the docs, knowing what Medicare will deny, just do not tell the patients about those procedures. There is a way around it. The patient should request to sign an ABN release fom that makes the patient responsble to pay what Medicare denies. Then the patient will receive the “full disclosure”. Once again, we have met the enemy and he is our government bureaucrats.

  7. grease12 says:

    THE WHOLE SITUATION IS A MESS. TIME TO TELL CONGRESS TO:
    A] FIX THE TAX CODE [IT NOW SUBSIDIZES LAWYERS AND ACCOUNTANTS AS WELL AS COMPANIES HELPING PEOPLE TO NOT PAY THE AMOUNT OWED]. HIRING SOMEONE WHO CAN WRITE SO PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND WOULD HELP.
    B] STOP ALL FUNDING OF “SICKCARE” UNTIL AMERICANS CAN BUY PRISCRIPTION DRUGS ON AN EQUAL BASIS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD [FAIRTRADE ?]. THIS IS NOW A SUBSIDY FOY LAWYERS AND DRUG COMPANIES.
    C] STOP PUTTING CORN IN THE GAS TANKS WHICH DRIVES UP THE COST OFALL FOOD AND CAUSES MORE HARM TO THE EARTH THE USE OF GAS IN CARS. “GREENIES” UNITE.
    D] HAVE A LAW WHICH REQUIRES DOCTORS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT PROCEDURES AND POSSIBLE CURES AND PREVENTION.

    I’M SURE THER ARE OTHER AREAS BUT THIS IS A START

  8. William McPharlin says:

    Have Congress reclassify the ten million people who are receiving “welfare” payments from social security funds to an “Entitlement Fund called what it is “Welfare”. None of these people or any of their relatives ever paid one dime into “Social Security & Medicare Payroll Taxes Fund”. Facts: there are 55 million people receiving benefits from the Social Security payroll taxes. The make up is 34 millions are like me retired employees who paid SS taxes all our lives;
    11 million people receiving benefits as sons, daughters and spouses of workers like me who have paid into payroll taxes but they have died and these are their dependents who are receiving the funds the worker would have received. This is the way the SS plan was originally formed. The other 10 million are receiving welfare benefits from payroll taxes fund but have never paid a dime into the fund nor have any of their immediate relatives. TEN MILLION who just arrived in this country and NEVER EVEN WORKED LET ALONE PAID PAYROLL TAXES. And remember, not only did we workers pay the payroll taxes we PAID INCOME TAXES ON THE TAXES WE PAID as the payroll taxes were not deducted BEFORE WE ARRIVED AT “TAXABLE INCOME” on our tax form and so we paid imcome tax on the tax we paid and income we never saw. If you eliminate these 10 Million free loaders from the SS fund then the fund is very solvent and will be for the future. Stop Congress from telling us these benefits we get are “Entitlements”. Like hell they are not only me but my employers or twice me when I was self employed paid payroll taxes.

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