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A Statement from AMAC CEO Rebecca Weber

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2020
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by Rebecca Weber
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To our age 50 + friends,

I wanted to reach out to you during these challenging times to assure you that the Association of Mature Americans (AMAC) is doing everything we can to help protect people who are at risk for contracting the coronavirus, keep the outbreak in a calm perspective, set the expectations of what is to come while continuing to fight for your interests in Washington, DC.

 


 

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been doing:

  • In the interest of containing the spread of the virus, we’ve postponed our annual conference as well as all AMAC advocacy events throughout the country
  • We’ve committed to the free flow of information from our trusted sources by creating a special section on amac.us dedicated to the coronavirus and are constantly updating it
  • Taken steps to ensure that our United States-based call centers are fully operational to support AMAC members as well as anyone who chooses to contact us
  • Successfully recommended that the White House establish a timeline of events describing how quickly and thoroughly the President has responded to the crisis
  • Conduct on-going dialogue with medical experts on AMAC media platforms to keep people informed
  • Highlighted and supported the expansion of care for Medicare patients, including telemedicine
  • Recognized the financial implications for seniors living on a fixed-income during this time and urged Congress to protect Social Security benefits from court-ordered garnishment and recommended a guaranteed cost of living increase for beneficiaries in 2021
  • Successfully fought for the provision that allows for penalty free withdrawals from retirement accounts for necessary purchases that was included in virus aid legislation
  • Encouraged Congress to pass H.R. 856 to increase access to healthcare for low-income individuals and families
  • Watched very carefully the legislative maneuvering on Capitol Hill to prevent political opportunists from taking advantage of the crisis by inserting bad policies into virus aid bills
  • As this political watchdog, we’ve already identified harmful policies that would drive up medical costs and limit access to health care that were included in some legislation and successfully fought to have them removed
  • Continued this fight to have more bad policy removed from virus aid legislation that would restrict patient options and potentially price-fix and overregulate the direct primary care option

Friends, AMAC is here for you. We are tirelessly fighting for your interests as we have done for 13 years. We’ve redoubled our efforts during this crisis and ask that you remain calm and act with prudence. While we are working hard to do our part in supporting people during this emergency, we put our faith in God’s providence and ask Him to grant wisdom to our leaders, strength for stressed-out healthcare workers and first responders, ingenuity to scientists to develop new therapies and also for His healing hand to comfort us all.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Weber

Chief Executive Officer

Association of Mature American Citizens

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JILL LAWLEY
JILL LAWLEY
4 years ago

why is there no physical address for A M A C? Is it only an online newsletter? It reads as if only lobby organization.

JohnH
JohnH
4 years ago

Thank your for the update & hope that our leaders make the right decisions

Patti B
Patti B
4 years ago

God Bless you in all you do Rebecca. Stay well my friend and all other Amac employees in New Mexico, New York and in Florida during this pandemic. God Bless

Angus Sonner
Angus Sonner
4 years ago

Thank you.

susan boone
susan boone
4 years ago

Thank you for your tireless work for the older Americans!
I would like to know if you have a service that helps the older generation to qualify for consolidation loans? Thanks again !

Martha
Martha
4 years ago

Thanks for being there for us

Elena Tellez
Elena Tellez
4 years ago

You are doing a wonderful job, Rebecca Weber. Your father would be very proud of you and your organization. Besides, your photograph reveals a very beautiful young woman.

Gregg H Risner DC
Gregg H Risner DC
4 years ago

Straight bill for aid to American workers, Small business and large employers, only. No pet projects, no foreign aid. I am a small business, reducing hours to reduce cost as the slow down has reduced our business by 25%.

: Pat
: Pat
4 years ago

Thank you. Rebecca, for your prayers…..for everyone and your uplifting assurances of God’s care.

Scott Mayberry
Scott Mayberry
4 years ago

Thank You Rebecca, for your thoughtful, uplifting and informative message.

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

Rebecca,
Many will need to sell investments in this crisis. With markets so low, it is time to raise the capital loss limit from $3,000 per household (set in 1978) to an inflation adjusted amount of $12,000. Please tell congress to include this in the stimulus bill.

Also, in a press release, Schumer also said a Democratic proposal to boost Social Security checks by $200 monthly through the end of 2021 had been agreed to as part of the talks.
However, one could see much of this clawed back as 50% to 85% of that payment may be subject to income tax. Please lobby to raise the threshold for Social Security taxation back to 5 times the poverty level where it started over 35 yrs ago.

Thanks.

Charlotte
Charlotte
4 years ago

Thank you for this great article. As a senior who tries to survive on Social Security, I had a part time job that helped immensely. However, that job has gone away now and possibly not being offered again when all the businesses start back again after the government closures. I have been hearing about the President’s stimulus program, I am concerned that the folks that need it the most will be overlooked. I am assuming the stimulus will go to those folks who file taxes. Unfortunately, some of us seniors do not file taxes since President Trump changed the amount of personal deductions. The reason we do not file taxes is because with that large personal deduction plus all other claimed expenses, it completely washes out our tax burden with taxes at zero every year. It becomes a moot point to file taxes. So if folks are not filing taxes, I am assuming they will not qualify for a stimulus check. Does anyone have any insight into how the stimulus will be dispersed? Thank you.

oldbat
oldbat
4 years ago

first thing, stop reaching out. what an overused crap of a phrase. makes me think ur a snowflake. just sayin’

Tom
Tom
4 years ago

Thank you Rebecca for the encouraging update. We are relatively new to AMAC and it is so refreshing to be part of an organization that really cares about the people of this wonderful country that we live in. Also refreshing to see an organization that truly honors God and understands Who He is. We can rely on His Word and we definitely need to pray for our leaders at every level that they too would honor Him and govern accordingly. Thank you again.

Bill M
Bill M
4 years ago

Beautiful recap Rebecca. Especially when you are grieving. Re the marketing comment. One thought a well done poster that could be posted in church vestibules, local McDonalds etc … simple but might help.

J. Mars
J. Mars
4 years ago

How about an AMAC President over 50. We are tired of these closet liberals who are nothing but Democrat moles! This is exactly what happened to AARP which has become nothing but a Progressive PAC.

Joanned
Joanned
4 years ago

Thank you for Good efforts All of us are in need of positive actions ??

Cath
Cath
4 years ago

Everyone seems to be doing a great job of sharing and helping. May I please add that one of the nicest things you can actually do for the elderly is to …give them a call if they live alone. They probably have no human contact and would appreciate just even a few words – conversation and nothing to cause worry like “are you aware of the virus and how it is affecting the people your age”…not a good conversation. How about something like…”anything you need and can’t get yourself?” How about a trip to a drive through restaurant and a bit of conversation…we can stop the car at a park and eat in the car” or “how about we sit outside and say a few prayers ….maybe for the birds, the wild animals (the key is not to dwell on the virus too much)…if the person has some binoculars, you might want to step outside and just look in the trees for birds, squirrels etc.
A lot is to be said for just HEARING another human voice…

Woody Winter
Woody Winter
4 years ago

It is obvious that AMAC, was left in very capable hands. I for one am very sad for your loss and ours. Please continue with the great work that has made AMAC what it is.

George Simpson
George Simpson
4 years ago

Suggest that u join forces or enlist the participation of Clark Howard of Atlanta WSB in support of senior needs.

Kenneth Gurvin
Kenneth Gurvin
4 years ago

How about fighting to get Congress to suspend RMD’s?

George
George
4 years ago

We are having a wake up call and pray that the political swamp will finally perform in the best interests of its citizens. Borders and irresponsible out sourcing are in the for front. Congress needs to work as a team for the common good of all. Out with partisanship, pork barrel and special interest politics.
We need to vote our hearts and God given conscience. Obstruction of the loosing party against the will of the people is outright criminal and wasted opportunity.
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Steve Shannon
Steve Shannon
4 years ago

Mrs. Weber. Two Christmases ago, your late husband gave every AMAC member a remarkable book, “Eagles and Evergreens.” I first assumed that Dan wrote it, then thought it might be about him. But, it turned out to be a compilation of short stories and anecdotes about life in a small town in Maine. It left me wondering whether Dan grew up in that area or just wanted to share the philosophies that shaped his life.

I’ve been a writer throughout my life, and when Dan’s gift arrived, I was planning to do a book on Mike Lindell, the My Pillow guy, who clawed his way out of the despair of drug addiction to become an amazing success. Mike is an avid supporter of our Constitutional Republic and of President Trump. But the book from Dan made me think that the story of Dan’s life and success should be told first and should be in the hands of every AMAC member.

If you would like to pursue that, I’d be honored to be the author, co-author or ghost writer. Please let me know your thoughts, Steve

Lindell Doty
Lindell Doty
4 years ago

Wow! You have been busy caring for the interests of us old folks. Thank you.

Deborah Harper
Deborah Harper
4 years ago

Dear AMAC, Thank you for All you are Doing.
Both my Husband and I are Self Employed and out of Work during this COVID-19 Crisis. We do not have unemployment to Collect. I Pray??
That the Stimulus Plan will Cover the Self Employed.
Thank you
Deborah

Ron Price
Ron Price
4 years ago

Rebecca,

Thank you for this update.

Since Dan’s passing, I thought as Dan goes, there goes AMAC. Losing Dan was a sad day for us and for all y’all. I am hopeful that Dan had a succession plan in place and his legacy will live on.

We have a good thing going at AMAC. However, I believe y’all are missing the conservative growth momentum with our fearless leader, Donald Trump in office. AARP is everywhere, but AMAC is not. Marketing is not hard, but requires time, outside the box thinking and some money, but not as much as the herd thinks. I believe that there are enough folks within our ranks that would volunteer to participate in some creative marketing for growth.

Thank you for your valuable time.

Respectfully,
Ronald K. Price,
Inspections Inside-N-Out, PLLC
469-616-6400

Ric
Ric
4 years ago

Maintaining the America we grew up with is primary in this potentially chaotic time. Because of the inability for Congress to say ‘No’ when appropriate, we must be sure we don’t give away the farm and plunge the USA into a financial crisis.

Jeff Byrne
Jeff Byrne
4 years ago

Thank you. AMAC is truly a blessing to us senior citizens, not only in this troubled time, but in our every day ‘normal’ lives. Please keep up the good work.

PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
4 years ago

I love AMAC! The site, content, principles and values of our organization is just top shelf! And the people who run it, and our members! Talk about a unified, cohesive family of real Americans! And you know something else? America needs AMAC. The benefits are great, too, and always getting better, but it’s the people that are our core. We have a terrific, energetic and proactive leader in Rebecca Weber. Thank you, Rebecca! You’re pretty darn incredible. President Trump, we’ve got your back.
We’re going to get through this Covid-19 mess in spite of the Democrats, media, academia and leftists, making their level best attempts to destroy everything they touch and all that is good about America. And we’re going to win.
I’m grateful for each and every one of you. Stay rational and don’t lose your bubble. Take a minute and breathe.
….and God bless us, every one.

Rick B.
Rick B.
4 years ago

Dan would be very proud of how you’ve taken up the reigns. Thank you.

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

Another, possibly the most dangerous, thing we must watch out for are gun and ammunition restrictions attached to healthcare or coronavirus bills.
We MUST ensure that the dems cannot misuse good bills to tack on bad legislation.

Samuel Sellers
Samuel Sellers
4 years ago

Thank you Rebecca,
If more people would take time to read the manual for living (Bible), they would not be so fearful! God promises in His Word to PROTECT, PROVIDE, HEAL, (broken bodies, minds, and hearts), and supply our every NEED, they wouldn’t be acting so rediculous! Thank you for all you do. God bless all of you at AMAC! Samuel Sellers

Carmen
Carmen
4 years ago

You have brought a calming to a stressful situation I commend you and your good advice especially having a Faith in God however you Believe in Him.You are a shining Light for AMAC and all its Members. May God continue to Bless You

Rob Warren
Rob Warren
4 years ago

Thank you for your tireless support and delivery of calm initiative.
Faith, not panic always is the best approach to all situations.

Carol L. Baril
Carol L. Baril
4 years ago

Thank you for your update and words of hope. Too many are just in panic mode so it’s nice to hear some calm and faithful words. We should all live by faith not fear!

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