President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there is a way to address the opioid crisis and a new way forward, and that is for Congress to act.
Obama said at the White House that he’s working on legislation that would require health insurers to cover the opioid prescription drug.
That would be a major change in the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that most Americans have health insurance.
“It’s one of the things that has to be done,” Obama said.
“And if we can’t do that, then we have to make sure that we can get some other tools.”
The president said the health care law is failing in other areas.
He said Congress must pass an alternative plan that is much more humane.
He also said Congress needs to do more to make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
The president is scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address Thursday, but the president was asked about whether he has any regrets.
“There’s still a way,” he said.