Insurers are loosening policy language to allow more treatment for opioid addiction. Treatment centers and providers are opening, expanding, and increasing services to meet growing demand. Workers’ comp requires treatment for those addicted or dependent on opioids, leading to higher costs for employers, insurers, and taxpayers. Medicaid will be saddled with much of the burden, as addicts often lose their jobs and have no other coverage – so we taxpayers will foot the bill.
We know who’s going to be writing the checks – ultimately you and me and our nations’ employers in the form of higher insurance premiums, higher taxes, and lower earnings for employers.
That’s wrong. And not just-kinda-sorta-of-that’s-too-bad wrong, but ethically, morally, and maybe even legally wrong.
The purveyors of this poison have made billions by lying, deceiving, and killing our fellow citizens. By crushing families, destroying towns, bankrupting businesses, ripping apart our social fabric.
And we’re left paying the bill in dollars, deaths, and soul-searing pain.
I have a modest proposal. Make the pill-pushers pay.
Congress should pass a bill, and the president should sign it, making the opioid industry pay for its sins. Treatment coverage, a flat amount for each person that died on their poison, and reimbursement for all past costs incurred by individuals, families, taxpayers, and employers. Bankrupt the industry, take every penny the owners have, and use it to help those they’ve harmed.
Let’s call it the Corporate Opioid Responsibility Payment Service Establishment Act. CORPSE for short
What does this mean for you?
Make the bastards pay.