The Health News USA August 10 2017

Overview

  • President Donald Trump  took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that “we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win. Trump’s drug commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recently called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid crisis. Approximately one hundred forty two deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is “equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has no immediate plans to declare the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency. According to the CDC, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled.
  • President Trump said Sunday that Republicans should keep trying to repeal and replace Obamacare. Democrats said that, by undercutting Obamacare, Republicans would make health insurance unaffordable or unavailable for millions.

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President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that “we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win.” Trump held a briefing on the matter at his private golf course in central New Jersey, where he is on a seventeen-day “working vacation.” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump were among the attendees.

The president did not announce any new policy, but vowed to work with health professionals and law enforcement on the crisis. He said federal drug prosecutions have dropped but promised he would “be bringing them up rapidly.” He also said, “We’re very, very tough on the Southern border, where much of this comes in.” Trump’s drug commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recently called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid crisis. An initial report from the commission says the approximately one hundred forty two deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is “equal to September eleventh every three weeks.”

The White House says it is still reviewing the recommendations in the report. Price said after the briefing that the administration can deploy the necessary resources and attention without declaring a national emergency, though he stressed “all things are on the table for the president.” Trump drew criticism recently after transcripts of a call with Mexico’s president showed him describing New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den.” The transcripts were published in The Washington Post.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/08/health/hhs-opioid-emergency-declaration/index.html

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has no immediate plans to declare the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency, a decision that flies in the face of the key recommendation by the President’s bipartisan opioid commission. Public health experts had said that an emergency declaration was much needed in turning the tide to save American lives. The commission, headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was resolute in maintaining the importance of an emergency declaration: “Our citizens are dying,” it said. “We say to the president, you must declare an emergency,” Christie said on CNN last week.Price sought to minimize the administration’s decision Tuesday, just after Trump said that a stronger law enforcement response is needed and that he is committed to combating the problem. “The president certainly believes that we will treat it as an emergency — and it is an emergency,” Price said. Trump just won’t declare it an emergency, he explained.

Since nineteen ninety nine, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. From two thousand to two thousand fifteen, more than five hundred thousand people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. The commission said one hundred forty two Americans die from drug overdoses every day — a toll “equal to September eleventh every three weeks.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/30/after-big-staff-shake-up-trump-again-calls-new-health-care-plan/523559001/

Trying to move forward after a big staff shake-up, facing issues ranging from North Korea to his own attorney general, President Trump said Sunday that Republicans should keep trying to repeal and replace Obamacare — while a top aide suggested Trump would pursue the same goal by cutting regulations. “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal and Replace,” Trump tweeted early in the day. In the meantime, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said during Sunday show interviews that the administration would look at current regulations they believe drive up health care costs, including the mandate that requires people to buy health insurance.”We’re going to look at every single one of those rules and regulations, all one thousand four hundred forty two of them,” Price said on ABC’s This Week.

While Democrats said Trump and Republicans should work with them to improve the current system, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said the Senate should not vote on anything until it repeals Obamacare. “Keep in mind, you’re talking about something they promised to do for seven years,” Mulvaney told CNN’s State of the Union.

Senate Republicans have been unable to agree on a way forward.

Democrats said that, by undercutting Obamacare, Republicans would make health insurance unaffordable or unavailable for millions. Saying the American people reject the GOP’s approach, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told Fox News Sunday that repeal-and-replace health care plans would cut ” seventeen million, twenty million, twenty two million, or twenty three million people off the rolls and diminish the benefits.” In urging Republicans not to give up on repealing Obamacare, Trump also called for a complete removal of the Senate filibuster rule, which basically forces a party to win sixty votes to pass some contested pieces of legislation. The filibuster did not come into play in the healthcare debate, however. Senate Republicans could not muster fifty votes to pass a repeal of Obamacare.

 

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