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    Wolf urges Congress to fund health benefits for coal miners

    APRIL 18, 2017 | 10:58 AM
    BY MARIE CUSICK

    Governor Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to ensure thousands of coal miners can keep their healthcare benefits.

    Wolf says without passage of the federal Miners Protection Act, benefits would expire at the end of the month, leaving miners and their families without coverage. The bill would use interest from the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act to sustain health and pension funds administered by the United Mine Workers of America.

    “Retired miners worked for these benefits, paid for them with years of service doing dangerous work so that the rest of us could have reliable and affordable power,” Governor Wolf said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to see that these benefits are preserved.”

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    Trump owes the coal miners at least that. He has used them and lied to them. Throw them some crumbs now, save their benefits.
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    UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Donald J. Trump made coal miners a central metaphor of his presidential campaign, promising to “put our miners back to work” and look after their interests in a way that the Obama administration did not.

    Now, three months into his presidency, comes a test of that promise.

    Unless Congress intervenes by late April, government-funded health benefits will abruptly lapse for more than 20,000 retired miners, concentrated in Trump states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Many of the miners have serious health problems arising from their years in the mines.

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    The miners typically regard their health care with a sense of moral entitlement, having frequently passed up higher pay during contract talks in order to top off their benefits.

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    “I thought he was really going to help people,” Mr. Brnusak said, referring to Mr. Trump. “He’s helped the rich man, the coal operators. But nothing for us so far.”


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    Aren't they covered under Obamacare?

    Why do they need double coverage?

    Oh yeah, this is the union asking government to pay out the benefits,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Aren't they covered under Obamacare?

    Why do they need double coverage?

    Oh yeah, this is the union asking government to pay out the benefits,
    fuck'em, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    APRIL 18, 2017 | 10:58 AM
    BY MARIE CUSICK

    Governor Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to ensure thousands of coal miners can keep their healthcare benefits.

    Wolf says without passage of the federal Miners Protection Act, benefits would expire at the end of the month, leaving miners and their families without coverage. The bill would use interest from the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act to sustain health and pension funds administered by the United Mine Workers of America.

    “Retired miners worked for these benefits, paid for them with years of service doing dangerous work so that the rest of us could have reliable and affordable power,” Governor Wolf said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to see that these benefits are preserved.”

    https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylv...r-coal-miners/
    The pension is flirting with insolvency, and retirees are often on Medicare anyway. What exactly are the benefits that these people stand to lose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    The pension is flirting with insolvency, and retirees are often on Medicare anyway. What exactly are the benefits that these people stand to lose?
    Medicare isn't free, and there are copays. I pay over $300 a month for my "free" Medicare. If a coalminer's pension, that retired coalminers are also at risk of losing, is $500 a month, then obviously Medicare doesn't leave much to live on.

    https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/19/...lth-insurance/

    Another example of privatizing profits, while socializing risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    fuck'em, right?
    They aren't covered by obamacare because they have group coverage as part of their negotiated compensation package.

    Republicans have promised to repeal obamacare, so it's hard to say miners can rely on that.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/o...obamacare.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Medicare isn't free, and there are copays. I pay over $300 a month for my "free" Medicare. If a coalminer's pension, that retired coalminers are also at risk of losing, is $500 a month, then obviously Medicare doesn't leave much to live on.

    https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/19/...lth-insurance/

    Another example of privatizing profits, while socializing risk.
    Funny how these fools think Medicare is free and solves everything.

    Thanks labrea. And,as a Bernie backer I do not include you in my opinion of many so called Bernie backers. I know you are a Democrat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    They aren't covered by obamacare because they have group coverage as part of their negotiated compensation package.

    Republicans have promised to repeal obamacare, so it's hard to say miners can rely on that.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/o...obamacare.html
    Just one more complication of the health care system that needs to be one plan for all.every one covered, isn't that what Trump promised?
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