Today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of taking up legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of taking up legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the news:

“With their vote today, the Senate has taken the first step towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, ripping health care away from millions of Americans and making the opioid crisis even worse. If this bill becomes law, thousands of Americans currently struggling with substance use disorder will wake up every morning unsure if they will be able to afford the treatment they need. Though the revised version of the bill includes some funding for opioid treatment, this package is woefully insufficient to offset the lost coverage after Medicaid is phased-out.

“As the Senate moves to debate the bill, I urge our leaders from both parties to fulfill their promises to the nation and vote no on any bill that fails to protect those struggling with a substance use disorder. All Americans deserve high quality evidence based treatment as they fight addiction; this bill is a step further away from that goal. Politicians from both parties have acknowledged the opioid crisis gripping the nation and millions of Americans are counting on them to do the right thing: vote no on this bill.”

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. He is an experienced businessman and CEO, who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support for families by providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof also advocates for federal and state policy changes by supporting the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.