One Week Later: Tom Cotton Town Hall Fallout

SPRINGDALE, AR. -- (KNWA) If you search Kati McFarland today, you won't see a reserved NWA woman. Rather, someone who hoped to have her voice heard.

"I'm a really private introverted person and this is just all really weird for me," said McFarland. 

"Without the coverage for pre-existing conditions, I will die. That is not a hyperbole, I will die."

That was the line heard all over after McFarland asked Cotton what his plan was after the possible repeal of Obamacare.

One week later, that comment had made national news. Kati lives with a rare, chronic illness.

"It's kind of hard to re-iterate or specify a day in the life when it's usually a blur of medications and fainting and trying to get the energy to do even one thing," said McFarland.

Her disease allows her to rely on the Obamacare policies, something she knows is not perfect, but she wanted to hear what Senator Cotton had as a replacement if it was repealed. Something she doesn't think she got an answer to.

"It sort of seemed like he brushed me off he didn't care either about my predicament or the predicaments of the others who spoke up about the ACA," said McFarland.

Even though the attention has been on Arkansas lawmakers and constituents like McFarland, she hopes people on the outside see how the possible repeal will impact them. 

(Channing Barker, KNWA


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