MUTINY: Report Cites Obama Chiefly Responsible for Opioid Epidemic
Barack Obama torpedoed the American economy.
The Left refuses to believe that, because Obama spent trillions to cover up this fact. $10 trillion is the actual number.
The man bragged about lower unemployment, when people just quit looking for jobs that didn’t exist. These millions of unemployed eventually ran out of unemployment pay, and thus went on welfare. For far too many, the fall from grace was too much, and they succumbed to drugs.
As the Washington Examiner explains, Obama made that transition from solid citizen to drug addict very easy.
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The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare made the opioid epidemic even worse, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The report suggests that because people who were uninsured were able to get government-funded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, they are now receiving more access to prescription painkillers like OxyContin, and some are selling them illegally on the streets.
“I’m not saying this is a primary cause,” Johnson, R-Wis., said in a hearing on the topic Wednesday. “I think what we are certainly saying is this is an unintended consequence. It’s certainly a contributing factor. It maybe enables something that shouldn’t be enabled. It’s a very serious problem that has to be taken a look at.”
Johnson has been raising questions about the way Medicaid contributed to the opioid epidemic since last year. His report indicates that at least 1,072 people have been convicted or charged nationwide since 2010 for improperly using Medicaid to obtain prescription opioids, some of which were then resold illegally.
The opioid epidemic began largely because of improper prescribing of narcotic painkillers, and deaths have been rising as people who become addicted switch to street counterparts like heroin, or fentanyl, which is more potent and is often added to drugs without the users’ knowledge. At least 42,249 people died from opioid-related deaths in 2016, according to federal mortality data.
One thing is never the cause. However, one thing can provide the catalyst that ramps up a problem. Obama did that in almost every category.
The article continues,
Democrats have rejected accusations that Medicaid is contributing to worsening the epidemic. They noted that deaths from overdoses began to increase before the expansion of Medicaid, which started in 2014. Obamacare was originally written to expand Medicaid in all states to anyone who made less than roughly $16,000 a year, but a Supreme Court decision made the provision optional for states.
Democrats hate to admit this, but the Obama Era demoralized millions of citizens on both sides of the political aisle. The man destroyed communities.
And though Obama promised “hope and change”, he delivered neither. Obama literally changed the nation from optimistic to pessimistic. Recognizing this, Obama doubled-down on bad policy.
As John P. Walters of the Hudson Institute writes,
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the office that manages the federal response to the drug problem, is now under attack by President Obama.
This comes at a time when heroin use and overdoses have soared, including a catastrophic 440-percent, seven-year increase in heroin overdose deaths. The Obama Administration’s response has been failure and the president is now dismantling the ability of future administrations to save American lives.
As drug use and addiction worsen, Obama has been closing down critical measures of the drug problem and measures of the success or failure of federal policy — studies of hospital emergency episodes and other health data that track drug involvement, even criminal justice measures of drug use among those committing violent crimes — are being cut in the latest budgets of the President. This will effectively blind policy makers and once weakened or dismantled, these public health and related systems will take years to resuscitate. The Administration expresses concern about the growing drug epidemics while it is breaking the tools that track them.
Obama has also encouraged use and addiction, allowing the open, commercial sale of marijuana, despite federal law and making Colorado a marijuana smuggling center to the rest of the nation. This Obama-protected, criminal trafficking has created new, highly potent marijuana that is smoked, consumed as a liquid concentrate, and “infused” in candy and other food items. The president’s marijuana policy is driving a steep national rise in use, and while such use is more clearly tied than ever to mental disability, schizophrenia in the vulnerable, school failure, and greater risk for use of all drugs.
Let’s examine President Trump’s action on this crisis.
As TBS wrote of opioid abuse:
Fred Trump shows that wealth offers no guarantees.
The president said 64,000 Americans died from overdoses last year — 175 every day, seven every hour.
“This epidemic is a national health emergency,” Trump said during an address at the White House. “Nobody has seen anything like what is going on now. As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction.”
The president said, “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it.”
And as with all things Donald Trump, he means it.
With all the scandals hurting the Left, the president pulls a master stroke of focusing on a bipartisan issue. Yet the president has the typical detractors:
When Donald Trump directed his administration to declare America’s opioid overdose crisis a public health emergency, Republicans swiftly praised his “bold national leadership”.
But with no new funding, many public health experts and state officials said it was “magical thinking” to imagine that the declaration would stem the tide of opioid overdoses that has already killed 183,000.
Every day we learn of another reason to be grateful the Obama Era ended.