Former President Bill Clinton addressed the sweeping opioid epidemic on Saturday, with a stark warning to mayors from across the country.
“It’s going to eat us all alive,” the former president warned at the U.S. Mayor’s Conference in Miami.
“We all have to acknowledge that we should have seen more of this before. But what we have to acknowledge now is that we have a chance to deal with this in a comprehensive way, and we’re not close,” the former president said.
The Hill added:
“The issue has remained a top concern for lawmakers, with Senate Republicans facing criticism that proposed cuts to Medicaid in their bill unveiled this week to repeal and replace ObamaCare could exacerbate the national epidemic.
While the legislation reserves $2 billion to help people deal with substance abuse and addiction, critics say the major cuts to Medicaid spending would not help the crisis, and the $2 billion fund would not make up for the cuts.
Republicans including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have expressed concerns over the bill’s Medicaid cuts.”
“I’m proud of the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, for being one of the very first governors to take to Medicaid expansion because he knew that he depended upon young workers, many of whom were here as the first of their generation,” Clinton said Saturday.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who is up for reelection in 2018, announced Friday that he is opposed to the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill in its current form, becoming the fifth GOP senator to do so since the bill was released on Thursday.
Appearing alongside Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), Heller raised concerns about the bill’s phaseout of the Medicaid expansion.
“It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes,” Heller said.
“You have to protect Medicaid expansion states. That’s what I want,” he added.