by Andrew Mangione – The end of the year may be just around the corner, but AMAC won’t be slowing down any time soon. We continue to maintain an active advocacy presence in Washington, DC, as the political stakes soar to new heights. Despite the gridlock that defines the U.S. Congress, our advocacy efforts on the Hill were reinforced tremendously at the end of October – when AMAC reached a milestone of 1,000,000 dues-paying members. The force behind our growing membership undoubtedly strengthens our mission and the message we take to lawmakers.
Last week, I sat down with staffers in 13 Congressional offices, introducing our organization to some and updating others as to how AMAC has grown so quickly in recent months. These meetings proved to be both highly positive and productive, as offices are pleased to learn about AMAC and our conservative stances on the fiscal and social issues that dominate the political debate. AMAC has now crossed a critical threshold in our advocacy efforts, where we are able to provide real, tangible support to members of Congress. As they work to represent the citizens of their Districts – many of whom are AMAC members – AMAC offers valuable insight into what seniors care about.
Apart from endorsing specific pieces of legislation, AMAC’s Delegate Program has become a beneficial outreach tool that enables AMAC members to interact directly with their local Congressman at the District level. AMAC has placed over 200 delegates in Congressional Districts across the country, helping to spread the word about the fastest-growing alternative seniors organization in America and bringing attention to the issues with which older Americans are most concerned. Since the program was instituted in February, our delegates have helped to schedule and coordinate seven AMAC members-only Town Hall meetings. We are thrilled with the success of the AMAC Delegate Program and look forward to expanding its range of influence.
Another way AMAC has become more integrally involved in the conversations and activities taking place in Washington is by closely monitoring the fallout of ObamaCare. For the past month, lawmakers have held numerous hearings to assess the failed rollout of ObamaCare and HealthCare.org and to discuss possible legislative options that would enable Americans to keep their cancelled health insurance plans. AMAC has been able to work with Congressional offices to develop questions that can be asked in hearings that focus specifically on how ObamaCare will impact older Americans and Medicare beneficiaries. We understand that our members are very concerned about how their health care coverage may change under this law, and we are constantly working to get individuals and families the information they need in order to make informed decisions regarding their health care.
Still, I continue to present AMAC as an organization that doesn’t simply oppose progressive ideas – but as one that offers solutions in accord with Constitutional principles. From responsible health care reform to an innovative Social Security reform plan, AMAC combines forward-leaning ideas with tried-and-true values to address the problems our nation is currently facing. Our members expect solutions to these problems, and they demand results. AMAC will continue to be a source of fresh ideas and an ally for any office in DC that is seriously interested in fixing them.
Let me conclude by reiterating how repeatedly humbled I am by the opportunity I have to be your voice in Washington. I am proud to work for an organization whose agenda is driven solely by its members. 2013 has been an outstanding year for AMAC, and we plan to build on what we’ve accomplished in 2014 as we continue to raise our profile on the Hill. Moving forward, AMAC’s mission remains focused and the spirit of our membership will not be broken. AMAC fights to keep America powerful!