Democratic View: Good government

Ours is a republican form of government. We elect individuals to lead and represent, to identify, study and respond to opportunities and threats, to make judgments in the public interest. We do not demand that officials follow the daily whims of public opinion. Rather, we expect them to employ sound reasoning and the special access to information and expertise accorded … read more

Opioid crisis faces new threat: Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Four million people could lose life-saving treatment if government officials take back Medicaid expansion and eliminate health benefits in the Affordable Care Act, which requires mental health and addiction coverage.

The prevention community is confronting a new threat in the quest to halt the opioid epidemic that has exploded nationwide: President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof, a nonprofit formed to end the devastation that addiction causes substance users and their families, was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal … read more

Himes: Replacing ACA with no replacement will cause chaos

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents the Fourth Congressional District, said in a press release last week that Republican threats to replace the Affordable Care Act without first designing a replacement could lead to chaos. He released the following statement on the passage of the FY 2017 Budget Resolution by the House of Representatives last week: “Today, the … read more

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