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Apparently, those technical questions are proving awful tricky. One month later, I reached out to the committee again and was told, “Bill language has not been finalized but I expect that process to wrap up soon.” I received no response when I asked why the process was five months behind schedule.
The AHCA’s Teresa Cagnolatti, who authored the organization’s policy brief, told me, “Based on our experience in working with him on this issue, we’re very confident that [Senator Kohl] is working toward a solution in the near future.”
Kohl's original charge against Leonhart was that “the DEA is putting paperwork before pain relief.” A full 13 months after the DEA was first asked to stop blocking access of pain medication for long-term care patients, it appears paperwork still takes precedent.
Mike Riggs is an associate editor at Reason magazine.