The amateur country crooner sang pro-Trump ditties while strumming a guitar emblazoned with Trump campaign stickers, earning him the moniker “Trump Troubadour.”
dubbed him “the voice of unheard America.”
But now, Moss refuses to play the guitar with the Trump decorations. He’s soured on the President because of the newly proposed Republican health care bill.
That legislation, which the president supports, could result in dramatic cuts in addiction treatment services.
Three years ago, Moss found his son, dead at age 24 from a heroin overdose.
“The bill is an absolute betrayal of what Trump represented on the campaign trail,” he said. “I feel betrayed.”
Last year, at a campaign rally in Iowa, Trump reached out and spoke directly to Moss about his son’s death.
“In all fairness to your son, it’s a tough thing. Some very, very strong people have not been able to get off (heroin),” Trump called out to Moss in the crowd. “The biggest thing we can do in honor of your son … we have to be able to stop it.”
When Moss became emotional, Trump doubled down on his emotional appeal.
“I know what you went through. And he’s a great father. I can see it. And your son is proud of you. Your son is proud of you,…I’ll bet he was a great boy.”
“We will help all of those people so seriously addicted. We’ll get them assistance,” he told the crowd at a campaign event in New Hampshire in October. In a particularly “orange moment” he address his plan to confront this epidemic head on:
Moss believed Trump.
“I truly believe from the heart that (Trump) is going to do everything he can. He’s going to create treatment centers for the kids,” Moss said.
The Republican plan being proposed to repeal and replace Obamacare would eliminate the requirement that addiction services and mental health treatment be covered under Medicaid in the 31 states that expanded the health care program.
“This bill would devastate efforts to address the opioid crisis,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “There’s no question this legislation in the House of Representatives would cost American lives.”
At a CNN town hall
event last week,
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was asked about the bill’s provisions for opioid treatment.
He responded that state governors had “wonderful ideas about how to address it” but that they felt “hamstrung by the federal government.”
“There are wonderful ways if we keep the focus on the patient — not the government, but on the patient,” he said.
Moss looks back on his days on the campaign trail, on how he sold his trucks to finance the trip, how he sang his heart out and went from restaurant to restaurant to hand out “Donald Trump for President” CDs.
He is different because he’s worse!