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Opposing Healthcare Groups Rally Blocks From Each Other

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark -- Cheers and applause could be heard just blocks from each other.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark -- Cheers and applause could be heard just blocks from each other.

"It's the law of the land it's time to get to work and get people access to healthcare," says Tyler Clark, Chair of the Washington County Democrats.

"This is an urgent time to stop what we think is a very destructive law," says Jim Demint, a former senator and president of the Heritage Foundation.

Opposing views battle healthcare reform in Fayetteville on Monday night.

Wilson Park plays host to a pro-Obamacare party with multiple speakers, including Lisa Sharp.

"I just think that people who are against it have never really come up against the problems that a lot of us have," Sharp says.

Sharp owns Nightbird Books and says the Affordable Care Act provides access to much-needed funds.

"As a small business owner it's been really hard to try to have healthcare for my employees, I mean a book store is not one those high-profit businesses," Sharp says.

"It's just going to make it easier for most of us to have health insurance."

Just down the road at the Pratt Barn, hundreds gather in support of the Heritage Foundation and it's message to "defund" Obamacare, saying the country can't afford it.

"The only way to stop this bill is not to fund it," Demint says.

"It's going to hurt people it's going to hurt our country over the long term."

Demint, a former senator, spoke to the media before his rally and illustrated the battle cries that can be heard from both sides.

"What we want is for Washington to hear loudly from across America that they want this thing stopped."

Clark contrasts with a statement at his rally: "We're here, we're loud we're proud and we're going to fight tooth and nail to make sure congress stops this foolishness."

(story contributed by KNWA, Fayetteville, Ark)

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