All these guys heard was “coal-mining jobs” and they were on Trump’s heels in support. Well now, black lung has them coughing another tune since Donald’s planning on getting rid of the Affordable Care Act.
— Coal Country, USA
During Donald Trump’s campaign, people didn’t care what he was talking about. They didn’t care what he was actually saying he’d take away. All they heard was “Make America Great Again” after every other statement.
REGRETS IN COAL COUNTRY? Coal miners could lose their Black Lung benefits if Obamacare is cut pic.twitter.com/oUdq9wQCN6
— Carl R Parish (@carlparishhonda) December 30, 2016
Along with Social Security, America might be getting ready to go back into the “Great” depression for these miners — as with the rest of the supporters who blindly followed this clown into office.
Black Lung Benefits? Bish, Where!?
According to a provision of the ACA called “miscellaneous provisions,” the black lung illness was covered. Before then, it was like pulling teeth trying to get companies to pay benefits for respiratory disabilities which occurred during years of mining.
— Plan Expert (@YourPlanExpert) December 27, 2016
However, mining Trump supporters couldn’t see that. It was more important to take America “back to the good ol’ days.”
Yet, without “Obamacare” backing them, these Trump-supporting miners will have to “huff, and puff, and blow their lungs out,” in the good ol’ days, that is.
According to ABC36, Neil Yonts, a Democrat and coal miner for 35 years initially supported Hillary Clinton, but ended up voting for Trump.
“May be a mistake,” says Yonts, “but, I heard him say he’d bring coal back.”
Yonts began reconsidering his votes after being diagnosed with black lung disease.
“When they eliminate the Obamacare they may just eliminate all the black lung program,” says Yonts. “It may all be gone. Don’t matter how many years you got.”
— Rare (@Rare) November 30, 2016
According to the source, black lung is an ever-advancing respiratory disease. Meaning, without proper treatment, it will only get worse over time.
The Affordable Care Act Flipped the Script
The source notes that — before Obamacare — miners with respiratory problems had to prove their claim to the company before the company would ever pay out money.
It’s kind of similar to military veterans dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs. You have to prove that your illness was acquired while in service. If you can’t prove it, they won’t cover it.
— Reza Shaeri (@RezaShaer) November 30, 2016
It’s the same thing with these mining companies. However, Obamacare made it that, after so many years of mining — if they had respiratory issues, it was up to the company to prove they didn’t get it from years worked. If the company couldn’t prove it happened elsewhere, they had to pay up.
Now, Trump steps in as “Lord and Savior”…only for them to find out he was the coal-mining “Anti-Christ.”
And, in that day, many will be deceived.
It’s a sad day for these miners — as well as the rest of lower-class and middle-class America who voted for Donald.
Scratch that. They really should’ve known better than to vote Donald Trump as president. That was just plain stupid.
Obamacare, Benghazi, ISIS, "We will put Coal Miners out of work!"…. Networks won't call it yet, but I will. Trump is President Elect. pic.twitter.com/lBdtDZGARM
— Troy Wymer (@Twymer11) November 9, 2016
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