Opioids: Talk Is Cheap
To The Reader’s Forum:
“Ending the [opioid] epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. It will require the resolve of our entire country,” Trump said in a speech from the White House on Oct. 26, 2017. Yet Trump’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding is a net cut in health services for people with opioid problems. In essence, Trump has declared an emergency then done nothing.
Congress has done a little better. The new two-year budget deal, which Congress passed promises $6 billion over two years to deal with the crisis — $3 billion in fiscal year 2018 and another $3 billion in fiscal year 2019. However, Congressman Reed voted against that bill citing concern for the deficit after voting for a tax cut that increases the same deficit by $1.5 to $2 trillion.
I agree with Mr. Trump that fighting the epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. It is time to hold Mr. Reed and Mr. Trump responsible for saying much and doing little.