Vote No on the Better Care Reconciliation Act
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To the United States Senate,
91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The Better Care Reconciliation Act would make this public health crisis far worse – slashing billions of Medicaid dollars from state budgets and costing hundreds of thousands of lives.
If the ACA's Medicaid expansion is repealed, economists have estimated that approximately $221 billion over the next decade would be required to protect individuals with addiction disorders.
The allotted $45 billion in the BCRA would fall devastatingly short of the funds that the American people need. It will drive a nationwide spike in substance use disorders and overdose deaths, shattering countless families.
Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. Drugs now act as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. But addiction itself doesn’t kill people. Lack of treatment does.
Communities that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic will be hurt the most by this harmful bill. I urge you, the members of the U.S. Senate, to do everything in your power to protect access to essential addiction and mental health treatment.
We need a health care law that protects addiction treatment. Vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
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