The revised health care bill by the Trump administration, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), popularly known as Trumpcare, faced a major setback when two more Republican senators, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, confirmed on July 17, 2017, that they would not be backing it. The bill, hailed by the Trump administration as the biggest health care reform, is now short of two votes to begin its senate debate, and effectively dead, at least for the time being. The sudden decision of both these senators has shaken the GOP leadership by sealing the last few options left to pass the bill. Both Senators Moran and Lee joined the ranks of Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine, who had earlier opposed the bill.
In support of their recent stand, Sen. Lee said that the bill neither lowers premiums for middle class families nor creates enough free space from the costly Obamacare regulations, whereas, Sen. Moran maintained that the bill fails to address the rising costs of health care. With four Republican votes against the bill, GOP leaders have two options left before them; they can either modify the bill so as to secure 50 Republican votes, which however seems highly improbable at this point of time; or they can opt to work with Democrats to rectify the flaws in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which President Trump essentially wanted to replace with the BCRA.
One of the biggest promises of President Trump, during his election campaign, was to repeal the ACA, which provides insurance cover to around 20 million Americans. He justified the rescind saying that the bill had hiked premiums making then unaffordable and compelled consumers to purchase unwanted insurance covers. Not ready to give up even after the recent fall of the bill, President Trump immediately tweeted that “Republicans should just REPEAL the failing Obamacare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”
America is battling a severe drug crisis
America is at war against a full-blown drug-fueled epidemic, which is destroying communities alike without discriminating between people on the lines of age, sex, ethnicity or social standing. In fact, the nation has been fighting drug abuse for nearly a century with several former presidents taking numerous steps to win the war. However, despite the efforts, it seems that America is losing. Drug traffickers and abusers continue to flood hospitals, prisons and neighborhoods with harmful substances leading to a spurt in violent crime that is translating into unprecedented losses for the country. Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than six out of 10 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. involve an opioid. In fact, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million Americans had succumbed to a fatal drug overdose.
Since time immemorial, American society has viewed substance abuse and addiction as a moral flaw or a willful rejection of societal norms instead of a mental health problem, and taken drug abusers to the criminal justice system without seeing the need to address the underlying causes that led them to the addiction in the first place. Moreover, mental health disorders are not given the same level of importance as other physical health concerns, thereby excluding them from the scope of the health care systems. “We need to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance use disorders while defining actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions”, said Vivek H. Murthy, Vice Admiral, Public Health Service, Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In addition to the economic barriers to access substance abuse and mental health treatment, a host of other factors also contribute to the existing gap between addiction and treatment, such as the fear of becoming the object of scorn, ridicule and discrimination, and negligible screening facilities for identifying drug use problems in public health centers. Additionally, 40 percent of those who are aware of their addiction are not willing to discontinue drug use, whereas the remaining are sadly under the false impression that they do not have a problem at all.
Seeking treatment is essential
Unfortunately, most individuals fall prey to addiction more quickly than they might ever realize. Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances despite the negative impact on his or her life. Our customized drug addiction programs at our addiction recovery centers are designed to treat the person holistically.
If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to any substance and is looking for an addiction rehabilitation center, call our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with one of our representatives to know more about the most effective drug addiction programs at our state-of-art centers, spread across the U.S.