Dr. Boozman's Check-up

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. 

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 These have been replaced by Obamacare policies baring higher premiums and deductibles while offering fewer options to find care.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.

On the Radio

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

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.

Agri-Pulse Open Mic

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.

Last week, I visited with first responders across Arkansas on my #EverySecondCounts tour. This was an opportunity for me to hear from firefighters, members of law enforcement, 911 operators and dispatchers and emergency medical technicians and to tell them how much we appreciate their service to our communities. I was eager to listen to these public servants and learn more about the issues they are facing, as well as offer ways I can help. First responders and public safety officials are the backbone of our communities. I appreciate their dedication and commitment and I am proud to see the support many Arkansans showed them during our tour around the state. It takes a special person to put their life on the line every day to protect our communities. You can call them first responders. I call them heroes.

When I ask Arkansans what frustrates them about the direction of our country, the most common response I hear is that “Washington does not listen to us.”

Obamacare is a perfect example of how Congressional Democrats and officials in the White House, who claim they know better than hardworking Americans, refuse to listen to the concerns of the American people.

From the beginning, the President pushed Obamacare down the throats of Americans with no concerns about the negative effects it would have on them.

President Obama promised his approach would lower health care costs. The truth is, there is absolutely nothing in Obamacare that drives down costs. In fact, health care costs continue to rise since his signature initiative became law and Americans are set to see an even more dramatic hike in their premiums in the coming year.

The Obama administration has confirmed this week that health insurance premiums sold through Obamacare will see double-digit increases—an average of a twenty percent-plus surge—in 2017. This is not, as the President has billed it, “affordable care.”

Rather, this massive spike in premium costs is further evidence that Obamacare is failing. It’s collapsing under the weight of its own massive bureaucracy. Nothing in this law will contain healthcare costs, but that has not stopped the President and Senate Democrats from attempting to double down on failure by expanding Obamacare.

Competition is how you lower costs. We need to allow Americans to shop across state lines for their health insurance like they can for their automobile insurance, allow small business owners to pool together to purchase group insurance at a lower rate and introduce portability to the market to ensure that hardworking Americans don’t have disruptions in their coverage when they change jobs.

These free market approaches—along with an expansion of health savings accounts and tort reform to eliminate the practice of defensive medicine—are how you drive down the cost of care.

The President got his way over the vocal objections of millions of Americans. His way has made our health care crisis worse. Let’s turn to the free market to fix the mess Obamacare has created.

It was a special experience to be able to present the Congressional Gold Medal to WWII veteran Ralph Watson, of Fort Smith, for his service in the Civil Air Patrol. He has an incredible story a proud patriarch of three generations of Civil Air Patrol members.