President Trump took his first steps to dismantle Obamacare on Thursday and it could have serious implications here in Northwest Arkansas.
The community clinic of Northwest Arkansas is a fedrally funded healthcare ministry here in Northwest Arkansas.
Morgan Scholz is the Communications Manager at Community Clinic. She said, “We really fill a critical gap in terms of providing healthcare to all in Northwest Arkansas.”
The Community Clinics in Northwest Arkansas considers themselves a safety net provider for Arkansans, especially in a time of uncertainty, following President Trumps executive order.
President Trump said, “People will have great healthcare and when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions.”
Not everyone is as certain as the president about the proposed plan.
The clinic says no matter what happens at the federal level–they will continue to provide care to those in need.
“We will still continue to offer all services. Dental, health, behavioral, whether or not patients can pay,” said Scholz .
We spoke with U.S. Senator John Boozman who said this was the right move for the future of Arkansans. “What this will do, is actually help keep their premiums at least where they’re at and perhaps lower them,” said Senator Boozman.
Healthcare providers are concerned about a move from Obamacare to the newly proposed association healthcare plans and what kind of implications it could have. “With the increase in premiums or the reduction of access to healthcare coverage, we do anticipate having even more patients,” said Scholz.
We asked Boozman how he feels about the executive order given that the president said congress failed to repeal and replace obamacare. Senator Boozman said, “We’re really working hard to come up with a plan that would help those people that are getting squeezed. We don’t need to just do something, we need to do the right thing.”