patrick jane (March 18th, 2017)
The Republican healthcare bill and cap on Medicaid not only ignores the opioid epidemic, it removes federal funding and downloads the financial responsibility onto the states.How the GOP healthcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis
March 15, 2017
A drug epidemic is ravaging the United States, and it’s getting worse, not better. More than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, more than died from automobile accidents or firearms. That’s far more than died from overdoses in any year during the crack epidemic of the 1980s.
- in Maryland ...opioid deaths jumped 62% in the first three quarters of 2016
- you wouldn’t know that from the American Health Care Act of 2017, the House Republican proposal to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a smaller, cheaper health insurance program.
- it would make the problem worse by making dramatic cuts in Medicaid, the healthcare program that covers low-income people.
- House bill would cut Medicaid funding by an estimated 25%, or $880 billion over 10 years – the largest cost saving in the bill.
- House bill also includes a provision allowing states to drop mental health and addition services from their Medicaid plans. (Obamacare required those services to be included.)
- individual states may find themselves choosing whose Medicaid to fund: mothers and children, elderly nursing home residents, or drug users.
- a Medicaid cut that large, Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen told me, “could cost the lives of thousands of people. It’s medically irresponsible. And it’s fiscally irresponsible; it will create costs down the road.”
- only about 1 in 10 drug abusers currently get addiction treatment ... wouldn’t accept providing insulin to 1 in 10 diabetics, or making chemotherapy available to only 1 in 10 cancer patients.
- governors rely on Medicaid for treating addiction treatment.
- Ohio had more opioid deaths than any other in 2015 ... an estimated 151,000 Ohioans are getting drug or mental health treatment under Medicaid.
- during the 2016 campaign, Trump criticized the Obama administration for failing to stop the drug epidemic, and promised that he would fix it. At a rally in New Hampshire, Trump promised “a plan to end the opioid epidemic,” and released a statement saying he would incentivize state and local governments to mandate drug treatment.
- in his formal speech to Congress last month, Trump renewed the pledge. “We will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted,” he said, without offering any details.
- House bill goes in the opposite direction; it would cut drug treatment, not expand it. Of all Trump’s promises, this might be the cruelest to break.
Trump's support for this legislation is just another glaring example as to what his promise is worth - NOTHING!
want to stop opioid deaths?
don't abuse opiates
"Around the country, progressive bullies have attacked Christians for daring to put their faith ahead of the pet causes of those who feign compassion while destroying life-giving liberties. What we are seeing is a scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners approach as the wildfire burns across our land. It is not enough that Christians be quiet. Christians must be silenced and punished. Their faith cannot be respected. Legislation that ensures people are free to live and work according to their faith without fear of being punished by government must be stopped and decried as discrimination...There is one key reason that those on the Left must force their beliefs on the rest of us: if they didn't force their craziness on us, we would never embrace it." ~Erick Erickson
- Donald Trump
Trump supporters find themselves in the unenviable position of reconciling Trump's statement on opioid addictionas as of 2 weeks ago with his current support of a healthcare system that makes no mention of it!
Opioid addiction in America has usually been treated under Medicaid - a program the federal government proposes to cap as it turns the financial responsibilities for healthcare over to the states!
Apparently "TheDonald's" supporters are willing to accept that milk has a longer shelf-life than a Trump promise!
john stuart mill
the guy with the "mental crisis"?
At some point, their concern with such things ends them up in such a crisis, out of their pain at what they are observing.
And then you have you and your kind.
Hypocrites who rationalize away the evils you endorse, even as you claim Christ.
You're still the original Democrats under the later new name of Republicans.
The same old original Democrats who were ever rationalizing their every crime and or endorsement of same "based on the Bible."
But your day is coming and right before your eyes - Trump cannot but help himself from bringing himself - your false idol - down.
Time to invest heavily in eggs.
A metaphor of fortune is headed our way - so great will be the egg on your fool faces.
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