Monday, August 26, 2019

Okla. to get massive opioid settlement. Walker, Schimel were not interested.

Opioid treatment and related efforts in Oklahoma will get a major infusion of justice and drug-maker revenues.
An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help abate the problem in the coming years.
Remember that Walker and AG Brad Schimel

Schimel ad screenshot. 10/19/18

both obeisant to the private sector, declined to sue opioid makers on behalf of Wisconsin residents - - a matter which Gov. Evers and AG Josh Kaul have remedied.

I remember when Walker repetitively counted up the number of opioid measures he'd signed during his years of malignant neglect, as if a round number of signed bills would take care of complex problems which festered on his watch: 
Even after his defeat, Walker has continue to tweeted about signing 30 bills aimed at stemming the opioid crisis.
 @ScottWalker Jan 6MoreOUR LEGACY - To help deal with the addiction crisis, we signed 30 bi-partisan bills into law - including a prescription drug monitoring system that helped reduce opioid prescriptions by more than 30% since 2015.
It had been campaign talking point of his for months.

What he will never acknowledge is that counting up signatures on bills to pump up news releases and twitter feeds does not mean there was an effective approach with demonstrable outcomes addressing problems that accelerated on his watch
WI leads nation in increased opiod hospitalizations
Furthermore, by rejecting expanded federal Medicaid funding, and suing the federal government to overturn Obamacare which includes that expanded Medicaid funding, Walker and the GOP-Legislature are continuing to ignore the availability of resources aimed directly at helping low-income opioid victims.

Data show Wisconsin lags most states in Medicaid spending on treatment and recovery.

Vos' position on taking expanded Medicaid funding? 
"No way. Never."

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