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Vice President Mike Pence in Little Rock Friday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As the drama over President Trump's health care plan continues to play out in the nation's capital, the Vice President of the United States will be in Little Rock Friday trying to sell people on the plan.

Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion with local business owners. Vice President Pence is expected to be at Little Rock Tour Bus Company Friday.

Arkansas's delegation is split. Some are outspoken critics of the American Health Care Act and others fully support it.

Some Arkansans say they're worried if the plan passes they'll be kicked off their health plans.

Will Phillips, a 17-year-old, and his mom Laura are insured through the Affordable Care Act.

"I had depression and all sorts of other stuff," said Will.

"My prescriptions every month are ridiculous," said Laura.

As they attended an event at the state Capitol Thursday for supporters for the current ACA, Vice President Mike Pence spent the afternoon at the nation's capitol trying to convince skeptical republican lawmakers to get on board with the president's new plan.

"Obamacare is collapsing as we speak and we've got to develop a good plan that's responsive to all that want and need insurance," said chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas Doyle Webb.

It's just one day before the Vice President makes his way to the Natural state. He'll be drumming up support before the House of Representatives is scheduled to cast its vote on the president's legislation.

"There's a healthy debate going on in Washington and it will go on through the senate and I believe we'll come out with a good plan. I hope there's a lot of flexibility left to the state because one size doesn't fit all," said Webb.

As Vice President Pence tries to rally support, there are concerns about the Congressional Budget Office's estimate showing the AHCA would cause millions nationwide to lose coverage and premiums to increase.

The Phillips say they worry it could negatively impact them and their health.

"I probably won't have the access to the insurance visits, therapy, things that I need in order to stay sober and sane and become a productive member of society," said Will.

The Republican Party of Arkansas says the event is expected to start at 2:30 Friday.

 

(KARK)


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