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AMAC Is In The Thick Of Things In The Nation’s Capitol to Support Issues Important To All Americans

‘We’ve never had an opportunity like this before – a Republican Congress and president ready to come to our aid’

WASINGTON, DC – It’s been a busy week on Capitol Hill and the Association of Mature American Citizens was in the thick of things promoting solutions that benefit our members and senior citizens at large.

“We’ve been pounding the pavement of D.C. ever since the November elections seeking much needed healthcare relief, tax reform and support for a conservative replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and much more.  But this has been, by far, the most intense week of operations for us in Washington.  In all the years since our founding, we’ve never had an opportunity like this before—a Republican Congress and president ready to come to the aid of older Americans.  And, we are taking full advantage of the opportunity we now have to get our messaging across to our lawmakers, particularly the message that as our nation’s population ages, seniors constitute perhaps their most important constituency,” says AMAC president Dan Weber.

Weber has personally taken the lead in pounding the pavement of the Capitol, never missing an opportunity to plead the causes of healthcare, tax reform and constitutional continuity on the Supreme Court.  He’s been having face-to-face meetings with Vice President Pence, HHS Secretary Price and key Members of Congress and their response has been gratifying.  Even President Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, has mentioned the backing the new administration is getting from AMAC.

“We have continued to advocate for measures that will bring much-needed relief to senior citizens.  We want to make Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) a more viable tool to give Americans greater choice, as well as introduce further cost-controlling provisions so Americans pay less out of pocket for insurance.  And, with these latest signs of progress, I am hopeful that only positive change lies ahead for the American Health Care Act as an ideal replacement for the failed Obamacare law,” he adds.

Weber points out that the week ended on a high note with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act moving forward in Congress and with President Trump’s well-covered support for the AHCA.

“On the Supreme Court front, the president’s pick to replace Justice Scalia, Judge Neil Gorsuch, comported himself with dignity and humility in his appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Gorsuch, who is well recognized as one of the fairest jurists in America, confounded Democrats who attempted to slander his record.”

Weber believes the full Senate will vote on Gorsuch’s confirmation as early as Monday, April 3.  “Meanwhile, we will continue our full court press in support of his nomination and in support of our efforts to ensure a better future on all fronts for all Americans, including older Americans,”  Weber concludes.

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Barb
4 years ago

unfortunately Ryan is from the Janesville area in wisconsin which is close to Madison. This is a very liberal area and may be difficult to get rid on him completely. He was just voted in with President Trump. My area voted in Ron Johnson. But Baldwin is up in 2018 and is at risk for losing her seat due to her mishandling of the OIG report on the Tomah VA scandal.

David Horning
4 years ago

Time to get rid of John Grimaldi. If he is “pounding the pavement” for bills like this one, we are wasting our money with AMAC. He said we ended on a high note by passing the bill? What’s he smoking. Time for him to go to work for AARP

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  David Horning

David,

John Grimaldi is quoting Mr. Dan Weber, the President of AMAC, in this article. That should tell you where AMAC really stands. So yeah, most of us wasted our money on AMAC.

Robert
4 years ago

Sec. Price can still gut Obamacare regs. without Congress.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert

Absolutely correct. There is nothing to prohibit Sec. Price from reversing most of the regulations that make Obamacare so onerous to both doctors and patients. There are 13,000 pages of regs that HHS enacted to implement Obamacare.

Honest Abe
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Amazing. This is the second time I agreed with you!
It is a shame they didn’t stop funding Planned Murderhood!

Chuck G
4 years ago

Amac needs to align with the Freedom Caucus and not get taken in again by the neocons. Otherwise my membership is for nothing. For the full scoop on repeal; see the March 20 New American magazine issue.
That issue also tells how socialism is doing in Argentina–scary. Maybe I can get Pelosi to read it? Or better yet; Ryan!!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck G

The thing is if Pelosi would read the article, she would see nothing wrong with how things have turned out for any of the South American countries that have gone down the socialism path. That is what the Democrats are trying to achieve here. Why would you assume she would view the economic and societal destruction going on down there as a problem?

PaulG (not E)
4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck G

Can’t tell you how I found out – but AMAC is working behind the scenes to get agreement with the Freedom Caucus, Rand Paul and the administration, on a new bill.

Francisb
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulG (not E)

I do not understand why AMAC would be in support of a bill that would hurt those between age 50-64 the most. Also the Republicans voted over 60 times to repeal Obamacare. Could it be that the intentions all along were to repeal only & no intentions of replacing? Sure appears so to me.

raymond
4 years ago

How about going a different way to solve the problem. Use Consumer’s Affairs or some other to replace the ACA. Politicians CAN’T DO IT . . . Too useless!

Keith
4 years ago

It’s simple ? Take the federal government out of healthcare ! ?
Confirm Gorsuch ? !
I know ? Yes I know ? Let’s all get behind Trump and make it happen ?

Steven Lester
4 years ago

God Bless America!

Ann B
4 years ago

How about this idea? For healthcare, first repeal the special medical plans and benefits and perqs that Congressmen get for life. When they have to search and scrounge and pay for a health plan the same way normal American citizens do, they will suddenly be quite motivated to create a workable, fair plan.

Will
4 years ago

I beg to differ with your assertion that we have a Republican Congress. Quite the contrary; we have RINO (Republicans In Name Only) Congress. The Republican Party has become the nation’s “Trojan Horse.” Over the past fifty years, ever since the Republican Party adopted the Big Tent policy, we have had Democrat infiltrators into the Party just as was the case in Troy during the Trojan War.. So in reality, BEWARE, we do NOT have a Republican Congress.

Ginny
4 years ago

I’m disappointed to read that you were supporting the AHCA. It would not have reduced costs nor would it have improved choices. The Federal Gov’t has no business being involved in the healthcare/insurance business. Full repeal of Obamacare is the only way to prevent the government from making our healthcare choices for us. This was just a socialist plan to control more aspects of our lives. Full repeal please, and then we can work on individual issues that may, possibly be the responsibility of the Feds (are their any??) rather than the States.

R. Hudson
4 years ago

You didn’t state where AMAC stands in support of or against the bill before congress. I’m disappointed with this bill. Congress still doesn’t get it. We don’t want a modified Obama care.
Can you tell me why seniors like me can’t have the same tax break other get with a health savings account?
Also why does congress continue to refuse coverage for themselves under the same plan?
If they fell under the same plan we would be more likely to support it.

Bertha
4 years ago
Reply to  R. Hudson

The bill did have three good parts:
1. It stopped funding Planned Parenthood
2. It expanded HSA’s
3. It ended the employer Mandate
But I agree- it could have done much more.

Gail Yrump
4 years ago

Thank you for supporting President Trump and our health needs.

Mike Venatta
4 years ago

I’m officially disgusted with both political parties – the Republicans will never see another dime of my money. We need a new party that really represents the American people and has some degree of integrity and capacity for leadership.

Van Hamlin
4 years ago

AARP backs the Democrats 100%. They won this round. AMAC spent time courting the executive branch when it should have been hammering congress.
I would like to see congress address those health care savings accounts immediately. I think people 70 1/2 years old should be able to transfer the amount of money they would normally be forced to remove from their 401k and pay taxes on into one of these accounts. This would help mutual fund managers who are loosing billions from their potfolios and help old folks trying to pay for Medicare.

HAM
4 years ago
Reply to  Van Hamlin

Van Hamlin, have you thought about rolling over that money to a Roth IRA? If not, check it out with your broker or the company who handles your companies 401K. You have to be at least 59 1/2 years old I to do this.

yearnd
4 years ago

congrats for being on the wrong side of the debate on the proposed Obamacare Revise and keep law proposed by the very finest members of the Political Establishment in D.C.,, I am amazed that this giveaway did not attract ant democrat support.

Mike
4 years ago

I don’t much appreciate AMAC flip-flopping on this legislation. They should have recognized it right off as a sham and the President was wrong to trust in Paul Ryan. My wife and I are suffering under the burden of privately funding her health insurance (I have Medicare) and believe me when I say, it is a burden when you are not employed. With one insurer in Alabama )Blue Cross) we pay $850 per month premium and $2200 deductible just for her alone. That is criminal. And as hard as it is to see this opportunity to fix the problem being squandered by the Congress, we support our Congressman (Mo Brooks) in the Freedom Caucus stand against this travesty of a Bill that seemingly perpetuates Obamacare and the Federal Government’s involvement in Healthcare. We agree with him that the responsibility foe dealing with this problem should be left to the States. I wrote this note to the White House yesterday morning. Good luck to us all.
President Trump,
We supported, donated, and voted for you in our household. Got the yard signs from the rally in Huntsville to prove it. You have shown yourself to be a man of your word in all but repealing this horrible Obamacare law. The bill currently in the House is not a repeal – it is just a horse of another color. We want the federal government OUT of the healthcare business – period. Get rid of it and give that task to the states if they want it. We want the Government the hell out of our lives and out of our pocketbook.
Our Congressman, Mo Brooks of the 5th District if Alabama, is right when he describes this bill as Republican Welfare. Speaker Ryan has shown his true colors as a RINO control freak by drafting this abomination in secret and then expecting to pressure the conservatives to simply sign on to it. I’m sorry to say that you are wrong to support him in doing the same.
The Congress needs to repeal this law and every regulation that attends to it. Then they need to give the funds to the States to manage as they see fit.
What we see unfolding today is very disappointing.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Well said Mike.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yep, and your “hell” didn’t get moderated, but my by itching did.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Yeah Ivan, a few of us seemed to be flagged for nothing out of the ordinary. Just that our posts don’t conform to what AMAC wants as a response. Oops…censorship!

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

And starting to expect it, PaulE. Something to look forward to.

Mary Wright
4 years ago

Paul Ryan’s bill would have cut Medicare first and the deepest.
We cannot allow a vote like that.

Ben
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Wright

Mary,
Did you read the bill? It changed the rules on MEDICAID- not Medicare!

Garland Young
4 years ago

The Republican Party just let the American People DOWN you know the voters that gave them control.

James Sauer
4 years ago
Reply to  Garland Young

I thought the democrats lost!

Garland Young
4 years ago
Reply to  James Sauer

I’m beginning to believe their still in office. Registered as Republicans.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  Garland Young

Where did you think the neo cons came from, Garland?

Garland Young
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

You got it

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Garland Young

Garland Young

Republicans In Names Only. RINO.

Drjca1
4 years ago

This is just another do-nothing congress. They won’t fix healthcare or taxes. Too many Americans, including most of you out there, don’t want YOUR deductions and exemptions cut, and don’t want your “freebies” taken away. Most citizens, left and right, speak out of both sides of their mouths. How many of you are willing to give up your home ownership interest deduction or have your family pay the same tax as a single person who earns exactly the same as you do? Congress will never really fix anything because the voters would dump them like so much trash, and they know it. Sorry, we have gone down the big government road for way too long and there are way too many hands in the till in government at all levels.

SueK
4 years ago

It seems as though Ryan and his henchmen were trying to stuff a bad bill down our throats in order to lay the blame for it squarely at Mr. Trump’s feet.

Don’t trust Ryan and the rest of the ‘leftover’ RINOs. I’m hoping that this disaster will move little Eddie Munster out of the Speaker’s seat; we don’t need him to be subverting Mr. Trump at every turn.

Get rid of the Grahams, McCains and Ryans so that America can move forward and allow Mr. Trump to do his job.

Garland Young
4 years ago
Reply to  SueK

I agree totally.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  SueK

SueK, and add McConnel in the Senate Leaders chair to the list as well. That would be a good start.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Agreed! Neither one wants any part of the Trump agenda to succeed. So they are using the route of creating deeply flawed legislation, that is guaranteed to fail. Next up is the Ryan / Brady tax reform legislation, that contains the terrible Border Adjustment Tax which will introduce something very similar to a VAT to our tax system. See my response to DRJCA for how tax reform should done.

SueK
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Ivan, the list of RINO creeps would be too long to list; the swamp is contaminated and murky with them all.

You’re spot on; Mitch the Squish needs to go right along with the rest of them, and I don’t think that even his wife can save him.

Maria
4 years ago
Reply to  SueK

SueK, I agree with you and add to that all those Democrats who are still showing their poor sportsmanship by upstaging everything in Washington, no matter what it is. i watch the daily news on OANN (One America News) and it is so disheartening to watch Schumer,. Pelosi, Warren, Feinstein and Waters spin their ugly webs around the bills and hearings for confirmation with their stupid reasons and questions for the candidates, that I want to go the to tv screen and punch them out!!! I hope America is watching carefully to see just who is and who is not doing his/her job in Washington whether it be a Democrat, Republican or Independent so we can boot them out at the next election. There is no way America can be united in all ways as long as we have these “road blocks” that Obama wanted thrown in President Trump’s path to make his job more difficult. These people need to go and the sooner the better, if any of them will be up for reelection in 2018. I can’t see how any Democrat could still vote for their Democrat reps in Washington when all they’ve done is show their true colors, which is deceit, lying, passing fake news and their complete unwillingness to cooperate with this new administration so America can move forward. It is really a shame for them!

SueK
4 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Maria, I think I can answer your question; I just witnessed the ‘why’ at the grocery store.

Dems vote for Dem Reps and Senators because of the ‘free stuff:’ Welfare, EBT, Section 8 housing…they hit for the cycle. If I were getting all that free stuff and was a lazy, no good layabout, I’d keep voting these hacks in, too.

At the grocery store tonight: The guy at the checkout had his EBT card refused; he bought $72.37 worth of food I can’t afford. The woman in front of me offered to cover the rest of his bill, thinking it was only a few bucks. When she realized it was over $20, she put her money away. I whispered to her that it was the end of the month and that the EBT cards hadn’t been loaded up yet for April and although it was nice of her to offer, *her tax dollars are paying for his food that neither of us could afford.* The cashier proceeded to take items out of his bags and deduct them until he reached the $40 that remained on the EBT card. I went to another line.

So you see, this is what happens in a welfare state; I’m just north of Boston in the bluest of the blue, moonbattiest of the moonbat states in the union. The freebies keep on flowing and the hack politicians continue to be reelected.

Oh, and the kicker? Mr. EBT was wearing a ‘Hillary 2016’ hat.

Mr. Trump, you need to stop this and NOW!

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