Grace Notes: Sorry, Jeff Landry, opioids are not a partisan problem

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 02:02:04 AM. It's almost as if Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry thinks giving people access to health care is bad for their health.
It's almost as if Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry thinks giving people access to health care is bad for their health. More likely, it's as if he thinks his job is to work an attack on Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, no matter how farfetched, into every matter he touches. This time Landry is taking aim at Edwards' proudest accomplishment, his expansion of Medicaid via the Affordable Care Act, which has given insurance to more than 430,000 Louisianans and drastically cut the state's uninsured rate. In unveiling a new prescription take-back box at the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Tuesday, Landry alleged that, by expanding access to prescription coverage, Edwards' initiative has compounded the opioid problem. This isn't an original idea but a Washington talking point that's been circulating among opponents of the ACA, which the Republican-led Congress has tried and failed to repeal several times this year. The Associated Press reported that it originated in a report for Republican Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, and that researchers who study the drug epidemic see no evidence of causation. Louisiana Spotlight: Edwards, Landry add new clashes to their long list Attorney General Jeff Landry has notched another victory in his string of ongoing feuds with… In fact, there's a much more convincing argument that Medicaid expansion helps fight the problem by paying to treat addiction. About 13,800 expansion patients in Louisiana have received inpatient or...Read more
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