by Andrew Mangione – During the first month of the New Year, the AMAC action in Washington, DC was full speed ahead! AMAC leadership spent 12 business days in the nation’s capital city in January, ramping up advocacy efforts for the year and meeting with of key individuals, organizations, and Congressional offices to bring them up-to-speed on the issues and concerns of mature Americans across the country.
Following on the heels of AMAC’s high-profile press conference – during which AMAC President and Founder Dan Weber announced that NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton had joined the fight to guarantee Social Security – AMAC returned to Washington to set that vision in motion. Last week, AMAC met with elected Congressional leaders and staff from 12 different offices, introducing them to the fastest-growing conservative seniors organization in the country.
For the most part, the issues of importance to mature Americans and seniors remain primarily the same in 2014. AMAC members tell us that the solvency of Social Security and ObamaCare’s impact on health care are significant concerns that need to be addressed by Congress immediately. To convey this sense of urgency to elected leaders, AMAC has tightened its advocacy focus and has generated commonsense solutions to these problems that continue to afflict our nation.
While many aspects of ObamaCare remain problematic to say the least, AMAC is leading the charge on one particularly egregious ObamaCare revelation. Just before Thanksgiving, the White House announced that ObamaCare would be cutting $22 billion from Medicare home healthcare over the next four years. Understanding that those likely to be impacted by this cut are typically sicker and poorer than most Medicare beneficiaries, AMAC has been integral to exposing this cut and has been actively fighting to see these cuts rescinded.
Additionally, AMAC continues to present the Social Security Guarantee to those on Capitol Hill and to professionals in the business community. AMAC fulfills a critical need in Washington and is committed to being the face of Social Security reform for as long as proves necessary. AMAC members recognize the unsustainable fiscal path down which this program is headed and wants Congress to take up this issue. Social Security is just one part of the mandatory spending problem in Washington, and as one staffer confessed in a meeting, other seniors groups are holding it hostage – unwilling to come to the table with solutions that could restore the integrity of the program for future beneficiaries.
As a true members-driven organization, AMAC thrives off of the energy of our members. Our steady growth has given us a more significant platform on which we can amplify our mission, our message, and our values. Members of Congress are taking notice and listening to what AMAC has to say – because what we’re saying reflects the views of over 1.1 million people. My guess is that AMAC’s conservatism resonates with millions more. Thank you for giving us strength to fight the good fight in Washington. AMAC will continue to rely on our members as we press forward in our advocacy in 2014!