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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

17LTR-ACA on Feb 3, 2017

Report: keeping ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services
Source: Letter Regarding Fighting the Opioid Crisis
Excerpts from Letter from 20 Senators to President Trump: Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no clear plan for replacement will substantially worsen the opioid epidemic. Last year, Congress took important steps to address this national public health crisis, enacting two bipartisan laws to address the opioid epidemic and reform the way our health system treats mental health and substance use disorders.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act improved access to substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services. It promoted the use of best practices when prescribing opioid pain-killers, strengthening state prescription drug monitoring programs, and expanding access to the life-saving drug naloxone.

The 21st Century Cures Act also included critical mental health and substance use disorder reforms, strengthening enforcement of mental health parity laws, promoting the integration of physical and mental health care. Most importantly, the 21st Century Cures Act dedicated $1 billion in new grant funding, which will be essential to helping states provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services to patients These bipartisan advances will be fundamentally undermined by repeal of the ACA.

Opposing argument: (Warren, D-MA, in StatNews.com, 11/28/2016): Senator Elizabeth Warren railed against the 21st Century Cures, saying the bill had been "hijacked" by the pharmaceutical industry. "I cannot vote for this bill,'' Warren said. "I will fight it because I know the difference between compromise and extortion." The current legislation includes $500 million for the FDA, well below the amount Democrats had sought. Warren and Washington Senator Patty Murray have long argued that they would only support Cures legislation that included significant investment in basic medical research. While Warren said she supported many of the provisions, she called others "huge giveaways" to the drug industry. Also see related letter on opioid crisis


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services (Score: -1)

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Democrats participating in 17LTR-ACA

Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Tom Carper s1sDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Tim Kaine s1sVA Democratic Challenger 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic Challenger 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator Appointee 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Chris Van Hollen s1sMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016) 
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 



Republicans participating in 17LTR-ACA



Independents participating in 17LTR-ACA



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 18
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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