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This thread makes me think of that health package that was attempted to get passed during the last month of Obama's time. Extend benefits for black lung etc. GOP voted against it yet when Sen Manchin did his town hall last month, most of the miners said they trusted the GOP more to take care of them. Most of them cited social issues and guns as the biggest reasons. Even Manchin went on to say that if it wasn't the gun issue, a lot of this area would still be democratic. He claims that's why he keeps his seat because he is pro NRA. Such a disconnect.
I wonder if technology has improved now to the point that they have scrubbers and masks that help prevent Black Lung disease? I do not know. If not, the workers should demand it.
Hey, how about those illegal immigrants that will take a job that American's won't?
Does not speak well of obama's OSHA. another obama failure.
it takes up to 8 years for Black Lung to manifest itself. hmmm
here is the latest on your post.
Coal Miners are worried that Trumpcare will drop Obamacare Black Lung benefits.
Coal country Trump voters worried about losing Obamacare as black lung cases surgeOn December 15, NPR reported a recent surge in advanced black lung cases throughout Appalachia. Data obtained from 11 black lung clinics across Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio pointed to at least 962 cases of progressive massive fibrosis in the last decade alone, with one small clinic in Kentucky reporting 60 over the last 20 months. The disease is horrible. Years of inhaling coal dust eventually results in decreased lung function to such a degree that workers cannot take more than a few steps without losing their breath. In rural areas that are already economically depressed, the inability to work can result in financial catastrophe for families.
Luckily, Obamacare included three provisions that made it much easier for coal workers and their spouses to collect disability benefits related to the disease — both medical and financial. Before the Affordable Care Act, collecting benefits for black lung was “almost impossible” as prospective recipients had to meet a high burden of proof showing they contracted the disease through their years spent in the mines. However, with his promise to repeal the ACA, President-elect Donald Trump is poised to Make Black Lung Benefits Impossible To Obtain Again.
Obamacare Black Lung protections are not the only the only Obamacare benefits that may be lost to miners.
How sad those needing the most help and voted for Trump to give them hope have nothing but worries with their vote.