Tuesday, July 4, 2017


After he canceled a planned vote earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is scrambling to find proposals that he can tack onto his health care bill in order to win over the Republican senators who are opposed to the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. One of his first moves: reportedly adding in $45 billion to address the opioid crisis over the next ten years. That addition was aimed at Ohio’s Rob Portman and West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito, both moderate Republicans representing states hard hit by the opioid epidemic. Both senators said they wouldn’t vote for the original version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which relegated just $2 billion for use in 2018—with no money allocated for future years. But drug policy experts, including some within the administration, critiqued that $45 billion figure as a paltry attempt to appease the senators in the context of cutting off coverage for millions of poor Americans. “All this package does is allows for additional [substance use] treatment, then forces our providers to send their patients off to die in a corner of another deadly ailment,” said substance abuse policy consultant Andrew Kessler of Slingshot Solutions.

   Robert's favorite comment at the linked source follows;

dean barbour • 4 days ago "Look over here while I threaten to attack Syria and North Korea. Pay no attention to those guys who are trying to give a trillion-dollar tax break to the 1% and eradicate affordable health care. And especially don't pay attention to the fake news investigation of the democratic party's Russia hoax. They're all part of the Deep State. War is much more interesting, trust me, and things blow up all over the place!" "Oh by the way, has anybody seen my aircraft carrier? I might need it to vaporize Pyongyang."

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