by Amy Gerak –
From AMAC Delegate Jim Harbison, NM-02:
“AMAC Delegate Jim Harbison (NM-02) was a recent guest on Randy Harris’ “Let’s Talk Las Cruces” AM 570 radio talk show. This was a great opportunity to educate the community about AMAC and the discussion included the goals of AMAC and how it is the conservative alternative to AARP. Andy Mangione, AMAC’s VP for Government Relations also called into the show and explained what AMAC does in Washington to advocate for the issues identified by AMAC members, especially protection of Social Security and private healthcare.”
From AMAC Delegate Dick Bregstein, PA-06:
“We talked about the growth of AMAC since it began in 2007, and touched on issues of concern to mature american citizens and to Jim Gerlach, who continues to be a strong advocate of sensible fixes for Medicare and Social Security. We also talked about his efforts to address and remedy waste, fraud, and abuse within Medicare.
We discussed his efforts as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee to move legislation to put so-called entitlement programs on a better track, and we talked about the frustrating stalemate between the Republican-controlled House and a Democrat-controlled Senate as well as the ineffectiveness of the executive branch to broker solutions as the Constitution intended.
I shared the fast facts flyer, the Social Security worksheet and membership materials with the Congressman, who offered to meet locally with groups of AMAC members. I thought it was an excellent first meeting, and I look forward to helping AMAC and Congressman Gerlach work together to further the interests of mature citizens.”
From AMAC Delegate Joe Gagliano, NY-03
“Hi, just a note to inform you, that the petitions were dropped off by
me, on 8/21/13 at 10am to Mr. Luke Connors, MSW Constituent Affairs
Officer, for Rep. Steve Israel , Melville office…”
From AMAC Delegate Richard Graeser, CA-05
“I visited Mike’s office twice, e-mailed twice called his district director two times before I got my meeting. Persistence pays.
I met with Mike Thompson, California-05 Friday(8/16/13). I presented him with a fact sheet on AMAC and the Social Security worksheet… When I ask about a town hall meeting, he declined and said that he held them periodically and would inform me when he next held one.”
From AMAC Delegate Judy Smith, NV-04
“Yesterday(8/20/13) I met with Edith Fernandez, District Director and Detrick Sanford, Senior Community Liaison with Congressman Steven Horsford’s office.
They were not aware of AMAC and that gave me the chance to explain the difference between AMAC and AARP…Also discussed were the concerns of our members regarding Social Security and Medicare and the Affordable Healthcare Law. They in turn explained all their office can do to assist seniors with any difficulties they may have in securing benefits.
Ms. Fernandez suggested I be included in community events they sponsor for seniors to discuss AMAC. This was a great learning opportunity for Congressman Horsford’s office and AMAC.”
From AMAC Delegate Bob Giuda, NH-02:
“On Thursday, August 15, I met with Monica Ciolfi, Senior Advisor to U.S. Representative Ann McLane-Kuster to introduce her to AMAC and to our website and our position on Social Security. The meeting was both constructive and productive….
I left the meeting with 2 take-aways:
Rep. Kuster is very willing to bring a proposal for an AMAC member meeting in NH-02.
Rep. Kuster is willing to consider co-sponsorship of a Social Security reform bill, but she generally reserves her co-sponsorships to bills dealing with issues over which her committee has oversight or subject matter inclusion… very interested in the scoring of the proposal in our handout, both what agency/organization is doing the scoring, and the results.”
From AMAC Member Bud Pope of Virginians for Quality Healthcare:
“AMAC certainly contributed to making a statement at the MIRC(Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission) Rally….The official…sign in…count was 708, but keep in mind (that) many others were not included.
Tim Hannigan…editor of The Fairfax Free Citizen covered the rally. None of the pictures in (the story) convey the lines inside the building, outside the Senate Room B or the back-up room Senate Room A. Or those sitting in our… conference staging room…a capitol police staffer conveyed that this was probably the largest lobbying gather at one time inside the GA building.
Also, more than one of the attendees conveyed to me that they appreciated the Action Alerts put out by AMAC and they swear by the products you offer.”