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>> The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency.>> US President Donald Trump making his strongest statements yet on America's opioid epidemic this week. But his newly heightened rhetoric may stand in stark contrast to another of the President's top priorities, overturning Obamacare.
>> The amendment is not agreed to.>> Which he again, on Thursday, urged the Senate to do.>> So I say, very simply, where is Repeal and Replace?>> But Repeal and Replace could disrupt one of the most effective tools to combat the crisis. Increased funding to states through Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid.
Reuters Healthcare Correspondent, Yasmeen Abutaleb, has been talking to state officials and opioid victims where the crisis is most urgent.>> What we found was that states that had taken the expansion under Obamacare had a greater capability to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic. Thousands more people were able to get treatment and the states increase their spending a lot more than the states that didn't expand.
>> More than 100 Americans die every day of drug overdoses, according to the White House. Among the states hardest hit, Trump strongholds, Ohio and West Virginia.>> There's a lot of fear in some of these pockets of the country that have been hit very hard by the opioid epidemic.
The Medicaid expansion for a lot of places has been the biggest thing that's ever happened to them in terms of being able to expand services or to access treatment for the first time. A lot of treatment centers across the country have been able to expand and add staff and beds.
>> Trump's declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency could help unlock more support and resources, but those details remain unknown. The latest healthcare bill backed by Trump would cut federal spending on Medicaid by more than $700 billion over the next decade.