Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation After Obamacare Repeal

“We’re going to work with them, we’re going to spend the money, we’re gonna get that habit broken.”
Donald Trump, October 2016, Ohio Town Hall Meeting.

House Republicans Draft Of Obamacare Repeal Replaces Subsidies With Tax Credits

The draft also could result in older people paying more for their medical insurance and lower income people on Medicaid losing their insurance. According to CNN.com, February 25, 2017, “these provisions could leave a significant share of the 20 million people who gained coverage under Obamacare without insurance. The proposal would go fully into effect in 2020.”  “A substantial number of people could lose coverage because it’s no longer affordable,” according to Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation.  The final bill is set to release the week of March 6.

President Trump’s Plan For Heroin Opioid Drug Epidemic – Build A Wall, Cut Off The Source

According to Damian Garde of STAT News now President Trump “spent much of the campaign saying his long-promised wall on the southern border would stem the flow of illegal drugs into the US. He expanded on that a bit last month, promising to crack down on prescription drug abuse while offering help to those struggling with addiction. But his plan was characteristically light on detail.”

The Trump administration is also now appears to be turning an eye towards how recreational marijuana and opioid Drug Addiction are linked (Jacqueline Howard, CNN.com, February 24, 2017). Again, no specific plans were discussed.

Affordability And Availability Of Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Appears Uncertain

It appears that most discussion today related to the repeal and replacement deals with who will be cover and how people will be able to pay for medical insurance.  There isn’t any discussion of making drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment more accessible and affordable.   A cause of concern for those currently being treated for drug and alcohol addiction and multiple hundreds of thousands who are seeking alcohol and drug rehabs.

President Trump’s Plan To End The Heroin, Opioid And Drug Addiction Epidemic

It appears that current plans to repeal and replace Obamacare are not as much centered on providing funding or the availability of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, but are directed first at drug enforcement.  Consider President Trump’s Four-Point Plan presented during his campaign to end the opioid epidemic in the United States of which there were four main components:

  1. “Put a stop the flow of illegal drugs into the country…end sanctuary cities…dismantle illegal immigrant cartels and violent gangs…quickly deport offenders…aggressively prosecute drug traffickers and provide law enforcement and prosecutors” with more resources.
  2. “Close the shipping loopholes that China and others are exploiting to send dangerous drugs to the United States.  Traffickers use loopholes in the US Postal Service to mail fentanyl and other illicit drugs to users and dealers in the U.S.”
  3. “Fix the misguided government policies, rules and regulations that have…compounded (this) tragedy.  The FDA has been far too slow to approve abuse-deterring drugs… and have been far too restrictive.  The DEA should reduce the amount of Schedule II opioids drugs like oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl that can be made and sold in the U.S.”
  4. “Give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need.  Congress has already taken the important first step by passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).  Now there is the need to expand incentives for states and local governments to use drug courts and mandated treatment.  Also…expand caregivers’ access to the antidote NARCAN™.”

In sum, the above four steps, as the website states, “will ensure that every American struggling with addiction has access to the care and the help that he or she needs.”  Again, only time will tell if these above stated policies will be implemented in part or in sum.

Written by, Chris Farni – General Manager Spirit Mountain Recovery. Read more about SMR and how Chris got involved helping people here.

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