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How Medicaid Funds and Fuels the Opioid Epidemic

•, The Daily Bell Staff

A recent Senate committee report pointed out that prominent publications like the New York Times say:

Public appreciation for the program [Medicaid] has steadily increased as people come to understand its importance in the health care system, including its central role in combating the opioid epidemic.

This "fact" took a central role in defending Medicaid funding in Obamacare during last year's attempts to repeal the law.

The only problem is that this fact isn't true.

The Senate report is entitled: Drugs for Dollars: How Medicaid Helps Fuel the Opioid Epidemic. The Majority Staff of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released the report on January 17 of this year.

The information adds to the evidence of corruption in the distribution of opioid painkillers as well as opioids prescribed to combat addiction.

Far from helping in recovery, government funds are used by criminals to profit from and exacerbate the epidemic.

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