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Accountability | New Hampshire

As Opioid Crisis Ravages New Hampshire, Trump Offers Little More than Insults to Granite State

By Cole Driver on August 12, 2019.

In 2017, President Trump claimed he won the state of New Hampshire in the 2016 election -- a state that in fact, he lost to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- because it was a “drug-infested den” that needed his help. But since his inauguration, the epidemic continues to ravage New Hampshire communities such as Manchester, where overdoses are skyrocketing this year.

According to a review by American Ledger, opioid overdoses in Manchester -- where the President is campaigning Thursday -- are up by 13% this year alone, many of which are caused by users unknowingly mixing Fentanyl, a synthetic form of Heroin, with prescription opioids, often leading to overdoses, and in many cases, death.

Health Care | Wisconsin

Lawsuit Pushed by Trump Admin Could Mean Major Health Care Costs for Marquette County

By Cole Driver on August 12, 2019.

An ongoing lawsuit -- supported by President Trump -- currently working its way through a circuit court in Texas has the potential to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, potentially skyrocketing prescription drug and premiums costs and stripping millions of Americans off their health coverage. In Marquette County, Wisconsin, the potential ramifications of this lawsuit could be catastrophic.

During the 2019 open enrollment period, nearly 5% of Marquette County residents -- which has a total population of approximately 15,000 -- enrolled in an ACA plan through the healthcare exchanges. Of those residents, more than 85% received tax credits and cost sharing subsidies to help curb the cost of rising prescription drug prices and insurance premiums.

Accountability | Wisconsin

Sauk County Continues to Combat the Opioid Epidemic With No Serious Support in Sight From Trump Admin

By Cole Driver on August 12, 2019.

Despite President Trump touting “great success” in fighting the opioid epidemic during his first term, the public health crisis has continued to ravage communities across America. Areas of the Midwest like Sauk County, Wisconsin, have been particularly hard hit where one out of every 140 residents requires treatment for opioid addiction.

In 2016, the rate of individual users seeking substance abuse services in Sauk County increased to 5.2%. And in 2017, local law enforcement reported seeing a reemergence of methamphetamine addiction in Sauk County, which they directly linked to heroin addiction stemming from the opioid crisis.

Accountability | Wisconsin

As Opioid Epidemic Ravages Kenosha County, Federal Budget Cuts Could Compound Crisis, Deaths

By Cole Driver on August 12, 2019.

Over an 18 year period, Kenosha County, Wisconsin ranked first in the state for heroin-related deaths and fourth for deaths stemmed from opioid addiction. In 2017 the crisis took a turn for the worse: opioid overdose became the leading cause of accidental death in Kenosha County, with more than 50 people dying per year.

The escalating crisis, particularly in pockets of the Midwest, is leaving some to question whether or not the Trump Administration is taking the situation seriously and providing necessary resources to combat the epidemic. At the root of the criticism is a $1.5 trillion budget cut that could negatively impact programs that lower-income Americans rely on in order to treat addiction.

Economy | Wisconsin

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Shutters Wisconsin Plant Despite Reporting $3.3B in Profits

By Cole Driver on August 12, 2019.

During his campaign for President in 2016, President Trump repeatedly promised a revival of manufacturing jobs across the Midwest. But after Kimberly-Clark Corp. closed down its plant in Neenah, Wisconsin, at the end of May 2019 -- even as the company enjoyed a multi-million payday from the President’s corporate tax bill -- some 100 people were out of work.

Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Kleenex, Kotex and other personal-care brands, announced in January 2018 that it would be laying off between 5,000 and 5,500 employees across the country, including the 100 jobs in Wisconsin. On the same day, the company reported $3.3 billion in profits in the 2017 fiscal year.

Accountability | Kentucky

While Republican Leaders Remain Silent, Miners’ Livelihoods are Being Gutted by Coal Giant Blackjewel

By Cole Driver on August 1, 2019.

Despite Republican promises to revive and protect the coal industry in the United States and Kentucky, Blackjewel, the nation’s 6th largest coal producer, has stopped paying thousands of its mining employees in a move that is wreaking havoc on the livelihoods of mining communities. The consequences are a direct result of the company’s recent bankruptcy filing.

On July 1, Blackjewel LLC, based in West Virginia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, stilling its mines across the country, including 10 in Virginia alone. In total, about 1,700 Blackjewel employees in mining operations across Virginia, Wyoming, West Virginia and Kentucky are still out of work.

Health Care | Michigan

Trump Admin Turns Back on Lake County Residents, Local Public Health Crisis

By Cole Driver on July 29, 2019.

Lake County residents are facing very real public health challenges, raising concerns about proposed federal budget cuts and their potential impact on residents in one of Michigan’s vulnerable counties.

According to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment issued by Michigan’s District Health Department #10, Lake County ranked 79th out of 83 counties on “health outcomes” -- a measure of how long people live and how healthy they feel while alive. In the same report, residents of Lake County ranked last of 83 counties across Michigan in how healthy they reported feeling.

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