AzDENPAC—Fighting for Dentistry, and You
Success in our advocacy efforts should not merely be measured by how well it helps me as a doctor. Instead, success should be measured by how effective we’ve been in helping our members reach their goals, the strength of the legislative voice we have, and our ability to keep our profession strong. We need to maintain a resilient leadership role as it relates to legislative advocacy, especially in a time when all healthcare professions are being challenged. Dentistry is being challenged—our livelihoods are being challenged. In order to do this, we need to make our voice heard in the legislative process. This involves “dentistry” being strongly heard on a local, state and national level.
Members of AzDENPAC appreciate the incredible success of our legislative efforts in the past several years and the hard work of our Council on Government Relations. We believe that our members need to express their appreciation for that success by being members of AzDENPAC. AzDENPAC believes that it is both your duty and responsibility to show support for AzDA’s advocacy on your behalf.
ADPAC played an incredibly important role in the re-election efforts of our own favorite son and Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar, and has made campaign contributions in several key Congressional races in Arizona across both parties. ADPAC has also been recognized that second most powerful healthcare PAC in the United States (just behind the cardiologists). To sustain and improve on that effort here in Arizona, we have committed to both broaden the span of our contributors, and raise more money.
WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS YEAR?
This is the time when we all must step up and make sure that we support those candidates who are most in line with our members’ needs and help pave the way for good working relationships in the next few years. That means giving those candidates meaningful financial support in their campaigns.
Last year, we fought one of the most difficult legislative challenges of a generation. Indeed, our relationships with key Legislators helped us to constrain the scope and breadth of the dental therapy bill. Without those relationships the outcome would have been disastrous. When we see what the Governor is doing this year with BODEX, and the opportunities we have at the State Legislature to address nagging insurance issues like virtual credit cards, we need to have the kind of relationships with Legislators that produce results. Decisions made by these lawmakers have a significant effect on your profession and livelihood.
We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your past donations, and ask you to be prepared to make a generous donation to AzDENPAC at this upcoming meeting.
The most effective way to have access to our legislators is to have a seat at the table so that we can be proactive addressing any legislation, negatively or positively, that may affect our practices and the oral health or Arizonans.
Help Carry the Load
Last year, only a small percentage of AzDA members made contributions to AzDENPAC. After all the AzDA Legislative successes of the last several years, can you afford to stand idly by while these few members carry the load on your behalf? Get out that checkbook and dig deep. Make sure that we can continue to support your interests and protect the oral health of all citizens of our great State!