U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal Statement on Cassidy-Graham
SPRINGFIELD, MA - U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal released the following statement ahead of the potential Senate vote on the Cassidy-Graham bill:
"As early as this week, the Senate may vote on the Cassidy-Graham health proposal — a new name but more of the same from Republicans: higher costs, more uninsured, and fewer protections for American families. This is yet another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act that has benefitted Massachusetts and the rest of the US. What is deeply troubling, and less often focused on, is how this latest Republican effort would set back attempts to combat the opioid epidemic across the country. In Massachusetts alone, residents have seen a dramatic uptick in opioid-related overdose deaths from 2000-2016, spiking from 379 deaths in 2000 to 2,107 deaths in 2016. The four western counties of Massachusetts have been hit particularly hard.
"Without access to treatment and recovery resources provided in the ACA, these numbers will surely continue their dangerous climb. People struggling with addiction can’t afford to have their insurance coverage taken away. Now is a time for us to come together and strengthen programs to fight addiction, not dismantle them. I know most of my colleagues in the Senate have constituents facing the grips of the opioid epidemic. I urge them to keep them in mind and vote against this short sighted proposal."