KENNEDY: EMPTY RHETORIC ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC WILL ONLY LEAD TO HOLLOW RESPONSE
Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s speech on the opioid epidemic.
“Any family left with a gaping hole in their lives caused by the opioid epidemic can tell you that this is a national emergency. Empty rhetoric will only lead to a hollow response. To adequately address this crisis, we need to invest in proven treatment options, expand access to Medicaid, sharpen mental health parity laws, and President Trump and the GOP Congress must abandon their attempts to systematically dismantle our health care system.”
Kennedy has been an outspoken opponent of President Trump’s health care proposals and his response to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on Trumpcare’s assault on mental health care, substance use disorder treatment and Medicaid.