WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioids crisis.
“I am very glad President Trump made this declaration and it was an honor to join him at the White House today,” said Carter. “Americans are dying every day from an opioid overdose and the situation is only getting worse. While we have been working to address this issue in Congress, I believe this declaration will elevate this to a nationwide discussion. This is absolutely a health emergency and it should be considered one.”
Carter and his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have been working diligently to combat the opioid emergency. The Committee has launched a series of investigations on different aspects of this crisis including alleged pill dumping, patient brokering, state level responses, and the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The Committee also held a hearing yesterday to discuss the federal response to this epidemic.
“As a lifelong pharmacist, I have seen opioid addiction end careers and ruin lives,” Carter said. “However, at the same time, I have seen firsthand how vital these medications are for those who truly need them. As a pharmacist, I viewed addressing prescription drug abuse as part of my professional duty and I have continued this work in the United States House of Representatives. I am committed to continued work with President Trump and the entire administration to combat this epidemic.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) today praised President Trump’s Executive Order to improve access, increase choices, and lower costs for health care.
“Thanks to dysfunction in the Senate, Congress has not been able to deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered system.” said Carter. “While I would have preferred these moves come from Congress, I am grateful President Trump acted today to deliver relief to Americans suffering under Obamacare. This Executive Order works to deliver choice and control back to patients and is a good step towards lowering health care costs. I look forward to continued work with President Trump to finally repeal Obamacare and lower health care costs for all Americans.”
According to the White House, the order:
- directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to Association Health Plans, which could potentially allow American employers to form groups across state lines;
- directs the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services to consider expanding coverage through low cost shorter-term limited duration insurance; and
- directs the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider changes to Health Reimbursement Arrangements so employers can make better use of them for their employees.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement concerning the Senate’s failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare:
“While I commend Senator Isakson and Senator Perdue for supporting the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, I’m deeply disappointed and frustrated by the Senate’s failure to pass a bill. The House made difficult choices and passed a bill to fulfill our promise, and the Senate needs to do the same thing. We cannot stand back and let the healthcare system implode. We have to keep fighting. We have to rescue the families caught up in Obamacare’s death spiral, which is only accelerating. I’m ready to do whatever is necessary to move this process forward. The American people are waiting.”