Trump’s new executive order on drug pricing breaks promises to Americans, supports Big Pharma instead.
The New York Times reports that the Trump White House is about to put out an executive order on drug pricing, and it looks as if the whole thing were basically written by big pharma.
In other words, America, we’ve just been sold out on the price of drugs.
This toothless order is the result of asking some of the richest CEOs in America what to do about a problem they don’t want to solve. And it settles something about the Trump administration. If you were hoping that the populist Trump from the campaign trail would keep some of the promises he made to his base, you can stop now. More from Business Insider here.
How the AHCA / “TrumpCare” destroys protections for mental health care and opioid addiction treatment, prevention and assistance! Another Trump broken promise!
The Republican bill would decrease access for millions, and in the process dismantle the tools used to fight substance.
The middle of an unprecedented nationwide opioid epidemic might seem like a strange time to slash public funding for substance abuse, but that’s exactly what Republicans intend to do.
Medicaid is the single largest source of funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment in the United States, and the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the program to low-income adults was the first time there was some semblance of a national structure for treating mental health and substance abuse issues. Many people with severe substance abuse and mental-health issues also have low or no incomes or are homeless, and before the ACA were often ineligible for public insurance through Medicaid.
And now Trump and the Republicans want to take all of that away, despite the president’s campaign promises to not touch Medicaid. He also promised to help the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have addictions problems all across our country.
More details on this tragic broken promise from The Atlantic here.
Trump’s budget cuts roll out includes cuts to Medicaid despite campaign promises!
On Tuesday, President Trump released his 2018 budget proposal. It makes deep cuts across many anti-poverty programs, slashing food stamps by more than a quarter and children’s health insurance by 19 percent.
The proposal — the first of what is expected to be many deep cuts to programs aimed at reducing poverty — comes two months after Trump released his “skinny budget” proposing changes to the operating budgets for executive agencies and national defense. The biggest cuts were to the arts, scientific research and foreign aid. More from the Washington Post here.
Another broken Trump promise, fails to set up military hotline for veterans’ complaints.
Nearly four months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s White House has not set up a promised hotline for veterans’ complaints that he vowed would speed up reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The idea was part of candidate Trump’s 10-point plan to help veterans unveiled last July. Most of the other promises are also unfulfilled, although several will require cooperation from Congress regarding additional funding or new legal authorities.
But the hotline, which Trump promised would be “devoted to answering veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and ensure no complaints fall through the cracks,” was largely assumed to be within the new president’s executive office powers and budget. More from Military Times here.
Trump’s promise to deal with opioid addiction gets slashed with severe drug policy cuts of 95%.
When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America of the scourge of drugs, vowing to crack down on dealers and invest heavily in programs to get heroin and other opioids off the streets.
But on Friday, President Trump’s administration revealed plans to gut the 2018 budget of his Office of National Drug Control Policy. According to an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by The New York Times, the White House is proposing to slash the drug policy office budget about 95 percent, to just $24 million from $388 million. The cuts would mean the office could lose up to 33 employees.
A coalition of groups dedicated to combating substance abuse circulated a letter to send to the White House on Friday condemning the cuts. “This proposed budget not only fails to live up to the president’s vision, it also sends the wrong message about the social and economic harms that drug supply and demand inflict on our nation,” they wrote. More from the New York Times here.
Trump’s empty promise to DACA children ends up in deported 23-year old!
President Donald Trump vowed that young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children wouldn’t be targeted for deportation. But immigrant advocates have warned for months that he wouldn’t keep that promise ― and Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections, claimed on Tuesday that his deportation was proof. More on this story from the Huffington Post here.
Trump fan base appears to be weakening with signs of Bannon departure.
Earlier this week, Vojvodic launched a Facebook group called, “The concerned support base of President Trump,” which quickly drew several dozen sign-ups. She also changed the banner on her Facebook page to a picture of Bannon accompanied by the declaration:
“Mr. President: I stand with Steve Bannon.”
“I’m not so infatuated with Trump that I can’t see the facts,” she said. “People’s belief, their trust in him, it’s declining.”
The swiftness and abruptness of Trump’s shift from bomb-throwing populist outsider to a more mainstream brand of Republican has taken the president’s stalwarts by surprise. More from Politico here.
The Bannon alt-right wing populists are rattled. Trump’s flip-flopping and intervening in Syria this week show signs the right is increasingly becoming alarmed. Now Trump has released a MOAB in Afghanistan and some can hardly contain themselves. What is a alt-right nationalist to do? Where can he possibly go?