AMAC members have expressed their concern about the solvency and stability of Social Security. It is our responsibility as a senior advocacy group to amplify our members’ concerns in Washington, DC, and initiate a dialogue that will lead to the stabilization of Social Security. While the dialogue has been ongoing through our meetings with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill, on February 14, AMAC raised the profile of Social Security reform by hosting a Valentine’s Day reception at the United States Capitol.
There were a few reasons to hold our event. First, we wanted to emphasize that both Conservatives and Liberals want to save Social Security. Conservative seniors and retirees care deeply about the financial state of Social Security. Our event also recognized the urgent need to have the discussion to protect Social Security now for all Americans, be they current retirees or workers who will retire in the future. We thought that it would be appropriate to demonstrate our care and concern for Social Security on one of the most caring days of the year – Valentine’s Day.
AMAC members want solutions, not lip service, when it comes to making Social Security solvent, and the reception also provided a platform for AMAC President Dan Weber to present fresh, market-driven reform concepts directly to Members of Congress. You may find AMAC’s ideas on stabilizing Social Security on our web site, http://amac.us. Representatives Phil Gingrey, M.D. (GA-11) and John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) addressed reception attendees, and their remarks underscored the sense of urgency surrounding the discussion to safeguard Social Security for present and future beneficiaries.
The reception also offered the opportunity to recognize those Conservative Congressman with the AMAC Guardian Award. The Guardian Award was given to those representatives who have an honest concern for Social Security’s solvency and are open and willing to consider constructive ideas in order to achieve reform. The Guardian Award also distinguished representatives’ dedication to mature Americans and future generations.
AMAC’s Valentine’s Day reception placed a megaphone on our member’s concerns about the future of Social Security. And Members of Congress heard those concerns, loud and clear!