Will They Speak Out Against Trump’s Plan to Slash the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Eliminate Medicaid Expansion?
COLUMBUS — As Ohio battles the nation’s worst opioid epidemic, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted are campaigning for governor — but they have been silent on President Donald Trump’s plan to slash the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s budget by 95 percent.
“Mike DeWine and Jon Husted are continuing to stand with Donald Trump — just yesterday Husted praised Trump’s job performance — even as Trump pursues policies that would harm Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Trump’s budget essentially eliminates the national drug control office, at a time when our nation is being savaged by the opioid epidemic. Husted and DeWine have nothing to say about that, even as other Ohio Republicans are speaking out against these disastrous cuts. They’re also ducking questions about whether they support Trumpcare’s elimination of the Medicaid expansion, which provides coverage to more than 150,000 Ohioans with addiction or mental health disorders.
“At the end of the day, Columbus Republicans like Mike DeWine and Jon Husted have presided over our state as we’ve seen the heroin crisis escalate to the point where eight Ohioans die every day from overdoses — the worst rate in the country. They have no real solutions, and they are silent as Trump threatens to slash resources to combat the epidemic. They do not deserve a promotion from Ohio voters in 2018.”
This week 70 members of Congress — including seven Ohio representatives, both Democrats and Republicans — sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney encouraging the Trump administration to restore funding for the drug control office. In addition, Sen. Rob Portman previously announced his opposition to the cuts.
When Husted kicked off his campaign earlier this month, he dodged answering whether backed Trumpcare’s elimination of the Medicaid expansion. When asked about Trumpcare in March, DeWine said he “never knew much” about the Republicans’ health care plan.