With Mainers dying at the alarming rate of essentially one per day from drug overdoses, a legislative task force to assess the problem and offer solutions sounds like too little, too late. Lawmakers can ensure this isn’t the case by fast tracking and removing impediments from what is known to work, such as medication-assisted treatment.
“If [a government] ministry can reverse or remove the decision, then the investors will say why would we ever invest here?” Tom Welch said. “People are going to put money where they see predictability and a higher value for cost recovery. And if you don’t have those two things, then you’re going to get an inadequate system. End of story.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat warned the panel’s chairman over reports that the Republican worked with the White House to try to suppress negative stories about Russian interference in last year’s elections, calling it a threat to the integrity of the top congressional probe into the issue.
The experience of the first month suggests that, with prudence and luck, it can yield the occasional benefit — that the combination of radical rhetoric and conventional policy may induce better behavior both in friend and foe.
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, we’ll lose our health insurance coverage, plain and simple. Olive will lose her speech therapy and her hearing aids, and she won’t be able to hear or learn how to speak. That is unimaginable, heartbreaking and unconscionable.
By Nancy Northup and Rachel B. Tiven, The Washington Post
What is at stake is more than LGBT rights or abortion rights. It’s our right under the Constitution to decide who we are and to make the most intimate and personal decisions in our life without government interference — and to do so with dignity.