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AMAC Lobbying for YOU: 2016 Successes and 2017 Goals

AMAC had one of its busiest and most productive years in 2016.  In total, AMAC attended over 100 Congressional meetings with Congressmen and Senators, hosted 22 town halls all over the country, introduced 2 pieces of legislation with 12 cosponsors from both parties, galvanized seniors to get out and vote by participating in the Strong Seniors Making America Great Again Coalition, and AMAC’s president, Dan Weber, testified before the House Committee on the Budget on the looming insolvency problems of Social Security and Medicare.

While 2016 was a monumental year, AMAC’s momentum continued into 2017 as a new Administration took office on January 20th, 2017.  With President Trump winning an unprecedented electoral victory against Secretary Clinton, AMAC has been poised to capitalize on the agenda of the newly-inaugurated president.  With the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, AMAC has been actively engaged in the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare, lower prescription drug costs, initiate meaningful tax reform, and promote the values of faith, family, and freedom.  Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening at AMAC in the first months of the Trump Administration.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

One 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

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 are 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

As you can tell, things have changed in Washington, DC over the past five months.  The days of establishment rule and bureaucratic leadership have been put on hold during the Trump Administration.  AMAC stands at the ready to make the government work for everyday Americans who believe in the American dream. Even as things change in Washington, AMAC’s mission remains the same: shrink the federal government, protect the Constitution, and restore fiscal sanity in Washington.

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Michael J. Buchanan
4 years ago

Thers are 3 very basic things that if instituted would likely result in large leaps of progress in our agenda.
1> Institute the Fair Tax bill. 25 & 2525
2> institue a loser pays winner’s legal and court costs. This will kill the ambulance chasers. And nearly eliminate tricial law suits.
3> No branch or entity of the fedral or state government can be exempted or excused from any law, regulation, rule, etc. Placed on the general populace If the legislation, regulation, etc. Is good enough for the general electorate, it is good enough for all.

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