08/19/2019 | Press release | Archived content
In response to Donald Trump doubling down on his outrageous and insulting 'drug-infested den' comment during an interviewwith WMUR, New Hampshire Democratic Party Spokesperson Holly Shulman released the following statement:
'Granite State families are sick and tired of Donald Trump's insults, broken promises, and inaction on the opioid epidemic. Trump said one thing when he was campaigning, but at every turn, his administration has failed to stand up to the drug and insurance companies while our families continue to suffer. Donald Trump's relentless push to slash funding and coverage for substance use disorder treatment and jeopardize our health care is not helping anyone.'
PROMISE MADE:Trump promised New Hampshire voters that he would 'work like hell' to combat the opioid crisis by helping everyone suffering from addiction.
Trump: 'I'm now doubling down on that promise that I made to the people of New Hampshire, and can guarantee you we will not only stop the drugs from pouring in, but we will help all of those people so seriously addicted.'
PROMISE BROKEN: Trump repeatedly sought to slash funds for Medicaid and eliminate Medicaid expansion, which is key to fighting the opioid crisis in New Hampshire.
Washington Post: 'The spending plan calls for a cut of nearly $1.5 trillion in Medicaid over 10 years and for $1.2 trillion to be added for a new 'Market Based Health Care Grant' - that is, the block grants that would start in 2021. It also would eliminate funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which has gone to about three dozen states over the past five years.'
PROMISE BROKEN:Republican attacks on Medicaid have raised concerns that their actions could limit access to substance use disorder treatment in New Hampshire.
Modern Healthcare:'There is particular concern about the impact of possible coverage losses on addiction treatment in New Hampshire, which has been rocked by a high rate of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. It's estimated that 11,000 Medicaid beneficiaries have received treatment for substance use disorders under the expansion program.'
PROMISE BROKEN:Trump proposed budgets that sought to slash funding for substance use disorder treatment programs.
Politico:'The proposal would target the federal mental health and substance abuse treatment agency with nearly $400 million in cuts while keeping funding for many initiatives aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic flat. The budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration cuts the Community Mental Health Services block grant by $116 million and reduces other state mental health grants by $136 million. Substance abuse treatment grants for states would fall by $73 million and public awareness programs would decline by $74 million.'
PROMISE BROKEN:Trump's efforts to repeal and his sabotage of the Affordable Care Act could limit access to addiction treatment for those who need it the most.
PROMISE BROKEN:Trump has expanded junk insurance plans that don't require insurers to cover substance use disorder treatment by allowing them to sell plans that don't cover essential health benefits.
PROMISE BROKEN: Trump did not declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, which would have prompted a rapid allocation of federal funding to address the issue.