In the course of signing a new law that would attack heroin overdose, Governor John Kasich, Republican of Ohio, was reported by the Toledo Blade newspaper to say:
“We have spent a billion dollars on this issue. A billion dollars…,” Mr. Kasich said. “Thank God we expanded Medicaid, because that Medicaid money is helping to rehab people…There are going to be more tools to come, but we’re not going to defeat this just from the top down.”
When Medicaid is not available to help to rehab people, for one thing, then there will be more people presenting drug overdoses to hospital emergency rooms. And the bills will go to the States, not Washington.
And a billion dollars will look like pocket change.
But the money will not show up in the new Federal budget.
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