The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare made the opioid epidemic even worse, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The report suggests that because people who were uninsured were able to get government-funded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, they are now receiving more access to prescription painkillers like OxyContin, and some are selling them illegally on the streets.
“I’m not saying this is a primary cause,” Johnson, R-Wis., said in a hearing on the topic Wednesday. “I think what we are certainly saying is this is an unintended consequence. It’s certainly a contributing factor. It maybe enables something that shouldn’t be enabled. It’s a very serious problem that has to be taken a look at.”
Johnson has been raising questions about the way Medicaid contributed to the opioid epidemic since last year. His report indicates that at least 1,072 people have been convicted or charged nationwide since 2010 for improperly using Medicaid to obtain prescription opioids, some of which were then resold illegally.
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