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AMAC Lobbying for You – Plan 1- Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Capitol Building ObamacareOne of AMAC’s founding principles has been to repeal every line of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  President Trump, and nearly every Republican, ran on the platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare.  Since the inauguration, AMAC has had meetings with Vice President Pence, Speaker Ryan, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and Senate Leadership to coordinate a plan to repeal and replace the flawed legislation.

Realizing that Obamacare has had more than seven, long years to fundamentally change the health care system in our country, AMAC has supported the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in multi-step process.  AMAC has been actively involved in promoting our three priorities in health care reform: 1) removing arbitrary restrictions on Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to allow more people to use them as they see fit; 2) Returning control of health care back to state and patient control; and 3) driving down the costs of health care.  As healthcare reform is now in the Senate’s hands, AMAC will continue to work with Senate Leadership and the Administration to make seniors’ voices heard and to hold Republicans accountable to deliver on their promises to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Plan One: Key Points

Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Nearly 70% of Americans use at least one prescription medication.  When it comes to people over the age of 60, that number jumps to nearly 90% of Americans using a prescription medication.  Americans need and rely on prescription medications to meet their basic health needs.  As medical costs have continued to spiral out of control, so too have prescription drug costs.

In early May, AMAC was invited to participate in a senior-focused, policy roundtable to discuss plans to lower prescription medications with Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Tom Price, M.D.  In that meeting, Dan Weber emphasized the need to lower drug prices through price transparency, reducing market exclusivity for biologic drugs, and changing current legislation to help bring the cost of prescriptions down.  As the conversation around pharmaceutical pricing leads to legislation, Dr. Price assured AMAC and the other senior groups, that he and the Administration would work to help seniors better afford their medications.

Tax Reform

As if health reform alone weren’t enough, President Trump has made it clear that tax reform needs to happen during his first term.  The current tax code is cumbersome, outdated, and expensive to everyday Americans.  The status quo is keeping businesses outside of the U.S. from coming home, overtaxing middle-income families, and stifling small business from realizing their full potential.  AMAC has been deeply involved in the conversations around tax reform to prioritize the needs of seniors and to focus our legislators on getting government out of the day-to-day lives of Americans.

In a recent roundtable, AMAC, and other conservative groups, presented our wish list on tax reform to the Speaker and his staff.  AMAC emphasized the need to lower individual tax rates as much as possible, lower the corporate tax rate to bring businesses back to the U.S., and to completely eliminate the Death Tax.  Speaker Ryan assured all the groups there that these provisions are the highest priority to the Republican conference, and that the House wants to pass a bill that alleviates burdens on families, individuals, and families.  AMAC supports this approach, and is eager to work with Republican leadership to give all Americans a tax break.

Promoting Faith, Family, and Freedom

AMAC has long-advocated for a return to the traditional values that make America great.  Protecting the right of religious expression, honoring the family, and fighting for liberty have been the marching orders our members have made loud and clear to us.  AMAC is working in lockstep with the Administration and members of Congress to minimize Washington’s involvement in our daily lives and ensure people have faith are treated fairly in the public sphere.  As legislation and executive orders protecting these traditional values emerge, AMAC is ready and willing to support such measures in any way we can.

Conclusion

Dan Weber urges you to contact your Senators and ask them to listen to AMAC’s Health Care Plan!

Contact Your Senators

AMAC’s founder, Dan Weber, will be meeting with your Senator this week in Washington. In this meeting, Dan Weber will be representing AMAC’s 1.3 million members. We need your help! Tell your Senator that AMAC will continue to work with Senate Leadership and the Administration to make seniors’ voices heard and to hold Republicans accountable to deliver on their promises to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Read about AMAC’s B.E.S.T. Plan (Bipartisan Easy Simple Timely) to replace Obamacare:

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Linda

Prior to Obamacare, I had insurance I could afford. It was through Aetna and was considered “catastrophic” insurance, which in my opinion, is all anyone needs. It paid for my annual physical, including colonoscopy. It paid a portion of my prescription drug costs. But, what I really liked was that it keep all other medical costs reasonable as long as I used in-network service providers. I don’t want “free” medical care, nothing is free and we’re just kidding ourselves if we believe it’s possible to provide good medical care without incurring some cost. I’m with Rick, just repeal Obamacare. If you really want to lower the cost of medical care, how about tackling tort reform.

David

WHY can’t you get it through your GD THICK HEAD??? WE DO NOT WANT A REPLACEMENT FOR OBUMMERCARE… WE WANT IT REPEALED IN ITS ENTIRETY!!!

Raynor James

Get rid of Obamacare and return to the free market. Insurance companies should issue contracts that say whatever they want them to say, and charge whatever premiums they choose. Citizens should choose to buy those products, or not, as they see fit. Let’s have free enterprise. Free choice. Market forces. And non-taxed health savings accounts would be welcome, too. Also, policy purchase across state lines capability would be useful and a proper use of the federal government’s brief to “regulate” interstate commerce. (When the Constitution was written, “to regulate” meant “to make regular.”)

Raynor James

Ed Halland

We need competition, buy health insurance across state lines. Also Health Savings Accounts and tort reform. No more ambulance chasing lawyers. Limit contingency fees and make losers pay court costs.

Phil Auten

I’m with David, repeal The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. That’s what we want, not a replacement. The Republicans have control of both the House and Senate as well as the White House. Just get it done, already. What are you waiting for, an engraved invitation from the Dems?

Phil Auten
Durango, TX

Mary

Please just repeal Obamacare and let insurance be purchased over state lines creating competition to bring premiums down. The government needs to butt out.

Doug

Repeal but don’t replace it Keep the government out of it.

Barbara

They need to get rid of the mandate. One size does not fit all.Let the people that can afford to buy their own
insurance buy it. There should be a safety net for the people that really need the help,That is where the
government should help,with guidelines to keep the ones that know how to game the system,and keep the
illegals out.i.

Stephen Gifford

One of my biggest complaints about Obama care is that no one knew what was in the package, and when someone read it and told of all the problems, the problems were ignored. In fact, Nancy Palosi said that they needed to pass the thing so they could find out what was in it. That is pure stupidity. Now the Republicans are making the same mistake. They have a plan that no one knows what is in it, and are hell bent to get it passed, even thought it is full of garbage and holes. Pure stupidity. If they want to pass a bill, then get something that is worth passing, not just another piece of junk

Steve Gifford

Old Griz

Just thank God Hillary didn’t win! Does anyone remember the Hillary Medical Plan she tried to ram down our throats during Bill’s first term? All medical personnel would work for the government; no private insurance; no private doctors; the Government Care Agency would decide if you were worthy of care, etc., etc. If you were over 60, good luck and hope you had enough money to go to a country with private doctors! It would be sad when Mexico was your best choice for senior health care!

Rick

How can I find out when my membership is up? I won’t be renewing. Might as well join AARP, they don’t listen to their members’ wishes either! Dan – Your members don’t want Obamacare replaced, only repealed!

C.J.

I read through the attached AMAC plan, but it is not clear to me how we pay for all this low-cost healthcare! And, with so many “free” office visits as noted, I see an avenue for abuse of the system. Can you send me a link to a more detailed outline of how this plan would be paid for? I am a healthy person and over 60 years old and I don’t take any prescriptions, but my current medical insurance premiums are over $1600/mo. I feel like dropping my insurance and having none at this point, my premiums doubled over last few years because of ObamaCare. I am being charged an exorbitant amount just because I am older, but I don’t even use my insurance.

Robert Jukian

sound like too much free stuff….hope there is some supportive data on real cost saving . Interstate in competition and joint record keeping pays big dividends. Illegals and drop-babies, not so fast. Medicade people should have to work, if possible. Again, I don’t where we can get net savings to generate all the freebees.

Tommy

Repeal obamacare 100% and DO NOT REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PLAN!
Before obamacare , emergency rooms took care of those without insurance while the working class was able to buy their own insurance. It worked for 100 years and we need to go back to that process.
Let’s keep government completely out of it!

David

As far as health care: Repeal & Replace the ‘Unaffordable Care Act’.
As far as taxes: pass THE FAIR TAX !!!!!!!
It’s just that simple!

Ken Fox

Isn’t it time to scrap REPEAL and try REPAIR like Joe Manchion suggests?? Maybe get a few Dems on board? Maybe open the secret committee to more than old white guys. We have had 8 years to come up with a plan and nothing but crap so far. We are in trouble!!

Douglas Smith # 167770-1

REPEAL > NO REPLACEMENT ! NO REPLACEMENT ! !<

Bill C

Mr Weber,
I see nothing regarding the reports that the new proposed Healthcare Plan from the House has provisions within it that will dramatically increase premiums for Americans 60 years old and up! What did President Trump and HHS Director Price forget about making care affordable? Dump high costs on the people who got the President elected? Estimates show insurance companies will be able to charge on average $3,000+ on monthly premiums for citizens 60+ in age! Tell them to get right or we will find enough Constitutional representatives to elect in 2018 & 2020!
I hope you will send them all a strong message on this line!

Ernie

new topic: repeal of the Gov’t Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision. I’m with most of you re Obamacare. We also need to repeal the two above mentioned laws which penalize some of us who have earned 45 credits but do not receive full Soc. Sec. benefits due to a public pension (teachers, police officers, etc.)

Rick Cramer

So, how am I supposed to get this plan into the hands of my Senators? I can email them but who knows if they would know what I’m talking about.