Dr. Boozman's Check-up
Mar 28 2017
Arkansans from across the Natural State shared their concerns about issues important to them with me during a telephone town hall this week.
A wide variety of issues including health care, immigration and regulatory reform were discussed. If you missed the conversation you can listen to it here (Note: There is approximately 45 seconds of silence in the recording before the event begins).
I will continue to host telephone town halls as these live, interactive meetings are an excellent way for Arkansans to share their concerns and questions with me. Find out how to participate in the next one here.
Mar 13 2017
I recently joined Talk Business & Politcs’ Roby Brock to share my thoughts on the aggression of North Korea and how our country should respond, health care reform and the APPROVAL Act. Watch the interview that aired Sunday, March 12.
Feb 06 2017
I joined Jonesboro’s KASU to answer listener questions and discuss the Senate business this week. The Senate is debating President Trump’s cabinet nominees, but the process is taking an unnecessarily long time. This is the slowest Cabinet confirmation process since the Eisenhower administration. Listen to the interview here.
We ran out of time before answering all of the questions that listeners asked. Here are the questions we didn't get to:
“What are your thoughts about the government’s role in funding CPB and the arts and the humanities?”
These are valuable tools to keep citizens informed and educated. I understand the importance of these investments to Arkansans and to listeners of KASU and other public radio stations in our state. I have been supportive of these programs during my service in the House and Senate. As a former school board member, I truly understand the importance for arts education funding throughout our Arkansas communities.
"What are we doing to preserve equal meaningful coverage for ALL constituents, including those with low to moderate income, and including those with pre-existing conditions?”
Obamacare places a higher value on attaining coverage benchmarks than it places on providing access to truly affordable, quality care. As a result, millions of Americans have lost their private insurance they liked and the doctors with whom they had long-standing relationships. These have been replaced by Obamacare policies baring higher premiums and deductibles while offering fewer options to find care.
This will not be a quick process as these serious issues deserve thoughtful debate. There are certain policy provisions in Obamacare that I support—such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and flexibility for older children to remain on their parents’ health insurance—that my colleagues and I will make an effort to include in a replacement that provides flexibility, choice, portability and fairness for all. I am committed to working with my colleagues to establish a careful and orderly transition to a patient-centered health care system that truly is affordable, not just in name but in practice, and actually works for the American people.
Jan 17 2017
I recently joined KFFB to talk about the busy start to the 115th Congress that includes the first step to repeal Obamacare. We discussed President Obama’s failure to veto a United Nation’s Security Council resolution criticizing Israel for its construction of settlements in the West Bank and efforts that Congress will undertake to rollback overregulation once President-elect Trump takes office. This is a historic week in the nation’s capital and I was happy to share my past experiences of Inauguration Day.
Jan 10 2017
I joined Jonesboro’s KASU to discuss the busy start to the 115th Congress. As we get ready for a new administration the Senate is beginning confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. I talked about this, the work to repeal Obamacare and more in this interview.
Jan 09 2017
As a member of the Senate Ag Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee I am in a great position to help the agriculture industry. With a new administration in the 115th Congress we have opportunities to roll back the regulations negatively impacting rural America. I recently had the opportunity to join Agri-Pulse’s Open Mic to discuss efforts for regulatory reform and the future for food policy and trade with Cuba. You can listen to the interview here.
Yesterday CNN reported that President Obama released four Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) prisoners to Saudi Arabia.
With weeks left before the end of his presidency, he continues his irresponsible campaign promise to close Gitmo.
Here’s why this is a problem – former detainees have returned to the battlefield and are responsible for the deaths of Americans. This is a threat to our national security.
I’ve supported continued efforts to block the administration from closing this facility. It’s well-equipped to house these dangerous prisoners and we cannot trust that the countries to which these detainees are transferred will monitor them to ensure they don’t return to the battlefield.
I look forward to working with the next administration to ensure Gitmo continues to be a place where we detainee dangerous people who are intent on endangering our American way of life.