U.S. Rep. John Boozman is getting a visit from Bush. And he's getting the business from Democratic candidate Woody Anderson, who faults the eye doc for the refusal of the eye clinic where Boozman used to practice in Rogers for refusing veterans health insurance coverage. Release on the jump.
UPDATE: Boozman called the Arkansas Times to respond.
"What is being said is totally misleading," he said. "I don't own the place anymore, and I haven't seen patients in four, four-and-a-half years. I don't know what insurance companies they do business with or don't do business with. I haven't had anything to do with them for a long, long time."
Boozman also said he is a strong supporter of TRICARE, the veterans' insurance program. "No one has worked harder than I have to get people on TRICARE," he said.
We had a followup later that a spokesman couldn't immediately handle. Did Boozman accept TRICARE when he WAS practicing in Rogers. The spokesman said Boozman couldn't specifically recall in part because he couldn't remember precisely when TRICARE in its present form was established. But the spokesman said the congressman was sure he'd served some veterans covered by some predecessor insurance programs for vets.
ANDERSON NEWS RELEASE
Fort Smith – Democratic nominee for Arkansas’s Third District U.S. House of Representatives seat, Woodrow Anderson, today called on John Boozman to explain why the eye clinic that bears his name in Rogers does not accept TRICARE, the military’s health insurance coverage.
“John Boozman owes our Veterans an explanation,”
“This is another case of John Boozman paying lip service to our troops,”
In 2005, the Arkansas General Assembly passed a resolution encouraging all