WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Boozman (R-AR) delivered the following speech on the Senator floor, sharing the stories he's heard from Arkansans struggling with the Obamacare law.
The following are remarks as prepare for delivery:
Mr. President, there is a long list of items on the Senate agenda that is important to our country including reforming the VA health system, addressing the crisis at our border and ensuring funding is available for improvements to our roads and bridges.
While it may seem like other issues are on the back burner, they are not.
I want Arkansans to know I hear you loud and clear about your dislike of Obamacare.
There is a long list of items on the Senate agenda that is important to our country including reforming the VA health system and ensuring funding is available for improvements to our roads and bridges.
While it may seem like other issues are on the back burner I want Arkansans to understand that I still hear you loud and clear about your dislike of Obamacare.
Recent court rulings confirm Obamacare is unworkable – Americans understand how this law infringes on our rights. The Supreme Court preserved the right for business owners to object to overbearing government mandates that would violate their religious beliefs.
The promises that were made were not true – like the law will lower our premiums.
The reality is Obamacare drives up health insurance premiums and copays.
And that’s hurt our wallets.
Sean from Hackett, Arkansas wrote to me about a blood test that his fiancé needed to help diagnosis her illness.
In the past, she paid a co-payment and the rest of the bill was paid by her insurance but Sean wrote “Normally it would only cost $25 dollars for a co-payment. Now she received a $200 dollar bill.”
You remember the other promises like you can keep your doctors and Medicare will not be cut.
Cyndi, who lives in rural Arkansas, detailed the problem she is having with Medicare because of Obamacare.
The changes made through Obamacare have cost her both time and money.
“Not everyone lives in the big city where clinics, doctors and hospitals are easy available,” she wrote. “Many of these facilities have closed their doors or the doctors are not accepting Medicare patients.”
Connie, a registered nurse in Arkansas told me that she’s sick of Obamacare and sees the problems her patients and family have to deal with under the law which include losing their doctors and the use of the local hospital.
She wrote that the cost of the insurance payments increased and customers have to pay such high deductibles that they cannot afford to go to the doctor.
These failed promises are negatively impacting Arkansans. The ugly reality is people are struggling under this law.
Amanda’s story is what so many middle class families are experiencing. Her family is already trying to make ends meet but she says Obamacare is not affordable.
“This is no way humanly possible that my family can afford a monthly fee of $654,” she wrote.
Obamacare costs American taxpayers more than $2 trillion, but like in the case with Amanda’s family, healthcare more unaffordable.
I believe that we need to start over by creating real reforms that lower costs, increase choice, and eliminates Washington’s control of our healthcare.
We need health care reform, but Obamacare isn’t the answer.
We need to transition the employer-based private insurance market towards one that allows for flexibility, choice, portability, and fairness.
Let’s allow small business owners to pool together to purchase group insurance.
Let’s allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines to increase competition.
Let’s expand health savings accounts and flexible savings accounts.
Let’s address Medical malpractice reform and prevent lawsuit abuse.
I want you to know that unraveling Obamacare and starting over is at the top of my agenda because healthcare needs to be more affordable.