Con­fronting the persistent and deadly opi­oid cri­sis

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is on the job, re­pair­ing dam­age caused by Obama poli­cies

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pill and works just as well,’ he asked, “‘why not pay half price for the thing that’s go­ing to make you well?’” re­ported the Jour­nal.

In other words, why trust a doc­tor when you can take a pill? Be­sides, it’s less ex­pen­sive. That’s the point and the irony — sav­ing your life is the only time the gov­ern­ment is sud­denly in­ter­ested in cut­ting costs. Why? Be­cause it means more money for the sys­tem and its bu­reau­crats.

In Au­gust 2009, Mr. Obama dou­bled-down on the theme that doc­tors can’t be trusted and will cut off your foot for the money. At a health paid $50,000 for a leg am­pu­ta­tion when, in fact, Medi­care pays a sur­geon be­tween $740 and $1,140 for a leg am­pu­ta­tion …” noted the ACS. “Three weeks ago, the Pres­i­dent sug­gested that a sur­geon’s de­ci­sion to re­move a child’s ton­sils is based on the de­sire to make a lot of money. That re­mark was ill-in­formed and dan­ger­ous, and we were dis­mayed by this char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the work sur­geons do. Sur­geons make de­ci­sions about rec­om­mend­ing op­er­a­tions based on what’s right for the pa­tient,” con­tin­ued the ACS.

Un­fazed, Mr. Obama con­tin­ued his mis­sion to pre­pare the Amer­i­can peo­ple for no ac­tual health care but the less ex­pen­sive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal op­tion. And he be­came even more blunt.

Dur­ing a tele­vised health care townhall in 2009 at the White House, The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported com­ments by Mr. Obama, “Af­ter dis­cussing ways ‘we as a cul­ture and as a so­ci­ety [can start] to make bet­ter de­ci­sions within our own

Why trust a doc­tor when you can take a pill? Be­sides, it’s less ex­pen­sive. That’s the point and the irony — sav­ing your life is the only time the gov­ern­ment is sud­denly in­ter­ested in cut­ting costs.

fam­i­lies and for our­selves,’ he con­tin­ued that in gen­eral ‘at least we can let doc­tors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn’t go­ing to help. Maybe you’re bet­ter off not hav­ing the surgery, but tak­ing the painkiller.’”

A great deal of Mr. Trump’s time is taken with clean­ing up Barack Obama’s and the Democrats’ deadly messes. The hor­rific re­port from the CDC of 72,000 over­dose deaths last year re­mind us why Mr. Trump de­clared the opi­oid cri­sis a na­tional health emer­gency.

The opi­oid cri­sis is, in part, the re­sult of a na­tion that lost hope in its fu­ture and a bu­reau­cracy that en­cour­aged us into de­pen­dency. The good news is, Mr. Trump is de­liv­er­ing on his prom­ise to make Amer­ica great again, and solv­ing the opi­oid cri­sis will be part of that con­tin­u­ing suc­cess.

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