Health Care - Opioid Crisis
The opioid addiction epidemic has reached crisis proportions, and the number of overdose deaths has climbed higher than the number of lives lost to traffic accidents. Many addicts rely on Medicaid to provide treatment, and the GOP bill proposes to cut back Medicaid. Most of the swing senators come from states with a high death rate from overdose, and these senators are very concerned about the fate of their constituents should Medicaid be undermined. West Virginia has the largest Medicaid population in the country, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito has said, “I have studied the draft legislation and CBO analysis to understand its impact on West Virginians. As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural health care providers.”
Rural voters were key to Trump’s victory, but they would be the big losers in the GOP bill.
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