A paper of interesting factoids shows the connection between free healthcare and the opioid epidemic. Contributing to free death, free community destruction, and free public transportation to Hades. Medicaid. It’s so caring (see Sorry Freeloaders! Kentucky Takes Up Trump’s Medicaid Offer… and Yes! Trump Admin to Improve Medicaid With These Historic Changes…).
Feast your eyes on the details, as laid out by this government report:
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a Major Staff report Wednesday, which details how Medicaid policies governing prescription drug prices, expanded at the state level through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, “perversely” incentivize opioid abuse and illicit sales, as well as larger scale trafficking operations involving both criminal drug lords and respected doctors.
In some states patients on Medicaid pay as little as a $1 co-payment for up to 240 prescription pills that carry a street value of roughly $4,000.
Heck, at those prices, I might consider quitting my job to pimp little white pills. Just kidding, NSA.
“Many people are falling victim to these temptations, a trend that is potentially destructive for Medicaid recipients, who can be especially susceptible to opioid addiction and abuse,” officials said in the Majority Staff Report.
Good point. The people who are abusing opioids are peeps already prone to addiction. Due to poor moral character and/or lives of
Specifically detailed in the report are 298 criminal cases involving Medicaid fraud related to opioids. It notes roughly 1,072 people have been charged or convicted of defrauding Medicaid to secure opioids since 2010, and that the number of criminal defendants has increased by 18 percent since Medicaid expansion in 2014.
- No one is a “victim” of opioid abuse, it’s an individual choice
- Government shouldn’t be accountable for individual choices
- Government should be accountable for giving pain-killing freebies to people who have proven themselves incapable of managing life/moneys
Sound too mean? Too bad.
Legalities aside, Medicaid expansion has a direct and destructive connection to rising opioid abuse, death, and fraud. Just as a steady diet of CNN contributes to head shaving, armpit hair dying, and obsession with Trump’s diet (see CNN Wastes 3 Minute Segment on Trump and Diet Coke [Video]).
Considering these facts and figures, it would be impractical to continue Medicaid expansion. Or any program which gives free addictive substances to sad people. See also whale-proportioned feminists at a 2 for 1 sale of triple-stacked cheeseburgers.
What’s the difference between universal, socialized, and nationalized healthcare? Nothing, they all suck: