YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is standing his ground and voicing strong opposition to the Senate's Health care bill that is proposed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

If that happens it would then eliminate Medicaid expansion.

Senator Brown speaking at the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board says, "This bill takes away the single most important tool to fight opioid addiction.  What we hear today, what I heard yesterday in Cleveland from the coroner, the police departments, from people going through treatments, is that nothing is more important to fight opioid abuse than to have Medicaid coverage.  Today in Ohio 200,000 people right now are getting opioid treatment who are able to get it because they have insurance under the Affordable Care Act."