Trump’s opioid strategy could cost taxpayers $1.5B
The president’s opioid plan is designed to cost taxpayers about $1 billion over a decade, according to a bipartisan analysis from The Hill.
Trump’s plan would provide a fixed $500 million to help states with opioid abuse programs, according the report.
The plan also calls for a $100 million fund to help provide emergency relief to opioid-related issues in the states.
“The president’s proposal could potentially cost taxpayers as much as $1,000 per person, and could add up to $1 trillion over a 10-year period,” the report said.
Trump also wants to fund a $10 billion “Medicare for All” healthcare plan, according a White House official.
Trump announced his opioid plan during a White, 2017 event on Friday.
He said he was working with lawmakers to develop a plan that would address opioid abuse and the opioid crisis, the report stated.
The Trump administration did not respond to a request for comment.