September 9, 2021

Dear SCAI Member: 

We, the undersigned members of the SCAI Board of Trustees, are making a special appeal to you for your financial support of the SCAI Political Action Committee (SCAI PAC). SCAI PAC is the only registered political organization that advocates solely for interventional cardiologists like us. SCAI is a non-partisan, scientific-oriented medical society organized as a 501 (c)(3). We take great pains to avoid politics, in general.  

But, as former Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) once said, “if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” As a result, SCAI created a separate 501 (c)(6) organization that lobbies Congress and allows SCAI PAC to advocate for important public policy issues directly to federal political candidates that support our public policy agenda.  It is a common belief that SCAI dues pay for these government relations activities. In fact: 

  • Only a small percentage of SCAI dues goes toward lobbying (i.e., administrative costs)  
  • Zero percentage of SCAI dues go to the PAC by law 
  • Members of Congress spend about half their time raising campaign funds for their reelection 
  • Getting on a Member of Congress’s schedule is valuable because it allows us to talk directly to them about our concerns 

SCAI PAC’s goal this year is to educate Members of Congress, in a bipartisan fashion, by urging them to REJECT NUMEROUS MEDICARE CUTS PROPOSED BY CMS AND CONGRESS OF OVER $7.4B.   

SCAI PAC has had critical meetings with Rep. Mike Burgess, MD (R-Texas), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-Calif.), and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.). They get it! But there is more work to be done.  

Help us reach our $45,000 goal. Help SCAI PAC to get our message out. With your help, we can stop the cuts! Contribute today!  

To receive text messages about SCAI PAC and SCAI’s Government Relations activities (including grassroots messages to your Congressional Representatives) text SCAI Advocacy (50457) now! Data rates may apply. Limited to U.S. citizens and legal residents only.  

  

Sincerely,  

Timothy D. Henry, MD, MSCAI
President

Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI
President-Elect

George D. Dangas, MD, PhD, FSCAI
Vice President

James B. Hermiller, MD, MSCAI
Secretary

Arnold Seto, MD, MPA, FSCAI
Treasurer   

Cindy Grines, MD, MSCAI
Immediate Past-President 

                         

          

 

 

   

 

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