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ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day

Thank you for making the 2017 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby day our most successful advocacy day ever!

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Lobby Day Evaluation

Congressional Visit Form

Mar. 26-28, 2017
JW Marriott Hotel
Washington, D.C.

This past March hundreds of dental students joined dentists from across the country in the nation’s capital to advocate for their patients, profession and their practice, beginning of a new era in advocacy for the ADA. At the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day, attendees heard from political analysts, subject matter experts and politically involved dentists on issues that affect oral health in the United States. Think about joining your colleagues, future colleagues, the American Dental Association, and the American Student Dental Association in helping our current efforts on the Hill to ensure your voice is heard by lawmakers in years to come.

Who should attend?

All ADA member dentists and ASDA Students are invited to join their colleagues to speak with One Voice United on Capitol Hill. All ADA Action Team Leaders are partially funded by the ADA to attend the conference and meet with their legislator.

Keynote Speakers

Each year we have speakers from around the political and business world to discuss how politics and advocacy got hand and hand with having a successful practice and career.  We had three excellent speakers for Lobby Day 2017!

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson - Columnist for The Washington Post

Eugene Robinson is on the front lines of news coverage every day. He is a twice-weekly, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post who is syndicated in 145 newspapers across the nation and is a prominent commentator on MSNBC. With an innate ability to cut through the clutter and provide clarity on today’s events, Robinson’s insights are free of the usual inside-the-beltway jargon. While media outlets may be tempted to churn out news served on a platter by candidates and companies, Robinson takes a step back not only to look at the big picture, but to focus on deeds—not just words. Whether he’s assessing politicians, cliff-hanging events on Wall Street or handicapping elections, he reminds us that politics may not be for the faint of heart but sure can be fun to watch.

Fred Barnes

Fred Barnes - Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard

Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the “Presswatch” media column for the American Spectator.  From 1998 to 2009, he was host, along with Mort Kondracke, of the Beltway Boys on FOX News. Barnes appears regularly on FOX’s Special Report with Bret Baier. Barnes authored the book Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush in 2006 based on his exclusive interviews with top administration officials—as well as President Bush. The Media Guide has given Barnes four stars—its highest rating—and called him "a great political reporter-columnist” whose material is "exquisitely timed."

Featured Speaker

Nathan Gonzales

Nathan Gonzales - Editor and Publisher of Inside Elections

Nathan Gonzales is Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, which provides nonpartisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor and president. He was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the company in 2015. Nathan is also Elections Analyst for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and Founder and Publisher of He has appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Lobby Day Agenda

2017 Lobby Day Agenda

Lobby Day 2017 Issues

McCarran-Ferguson Reform

Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 372: Introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4), the bill restores the application of the federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.

H.R. 372 Issue Sheet

Health Care Reform

The ADA's position on health care reform legislation affecting the Affordable Care ActFurther details are provided within this issue sheet on Medicaid Reform, transparency on consumer choice, and utilizing pre-tax dollars to purchase coverage.

Health Care Reform Issue Sheet

Student Loan Programs

Addressing principles and issues we would like to see reformed when Congress reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965

Student Loan Reform Issue Sheet

Lobby Day Documents

H.R. 1614 Issue Sheet

NIH Funding Letter

ADPAC Guide to DC


For more information on the Lobby Day, please contact Peter Aiello, Grassroots Manager, at or call 202.789.5168.