...this from me five years ago still seems depressingly appropiate.
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From the Seattle Times:
Counties in Washington that rely most on Obamacare voted for Trump
From The Fiscal Times:
Are Coal Miners Headed for Heartbreak Under the GOP?
...For years, coal miners and their families were rebuffed by mining companies in attempting to collect compensation for disabilities associated with respiratory problems developed by inhaling coal mine dust. The biggest problem was that by law the burden of proof fell to the disabled miners, their families or survivors to demonstrate that the miners’ respiratory problems were real and directly related to years of work in company mines.But as the health and science website STAT reported Monday, that all began to change with enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Under an obscure miscellaneous provision added by the late Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the burden of proof was abruptly shifted from the disabled miners to the mining companies themselves.In effect, if a miner had spent 15 years or more working underground for a company and could prove that he or she had developed a respiratory disability, then it was presumed to be black lung associated with employment at the mine. And unless the company could somehow prove otherwise, it would be responsible for providing disability benefits to the miner or his survivors.“Often the person whose job it is to do the convincing loses,” Evan Smith, a lawyer for the nonprofit Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center who has handled many black lung cases, told STAT. In 2009, just prior to enactment of Obamacare, 19 percent of claims for black lung benefits were successful. By last year, the share had jumped to 28 percent.Now, however, many in coal country may have reason to worry. Trump and House and Senate GOP leaders have vowed to make the repeal of Obamacare one of their first acts in January. If the Republicans carry through, Byrd’s black lung provision would likely be washed away along with the provisions for subsidized health insurance plans and expanded Medicaid for low-income Americans...
It is true that saying "we told you so" is an unseemly thing at a funeral, especially when the one in the casket put himself there out of sheer spite, bigotry and invincible ignorance. But it is also true that the red states burned a big ol' cross on our collective lawn on election day, and I have no doubt in my mind what comes next.Saddened, Angry, Sickened, DefeatedI can't explain why people voted to take away their own healthcare.
So I will leave it to the late Reverend Vernon Johns to perform the service --
This boy lived a trifling and worthless life. He went around Montgomery daring someone to cut his throat. Saturday night somebody obliged him. He lived like a dog; he died like a dog. Undertaker, claim the body. Choir, sing.
-- while I stand out in the parking lot yelling my opinions into the sky where they will offend no one.
Also, for you young 'uns who have never heard it, and for you old 'uns who have not heard it in awhile. here is James Earl Jones' rendering of Vernon Johns' last sermon:
Vernon Johns (April 22, 1892 – June 11, 1965) was an American minister at several black churches in the South. He is best known as the pastor 1947–52 of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama. He was succeeded by Martin Luther King Jr. Johns was widely known in the black community across the South for his profound scholarship in the classics, his highly controversial sermons, his insulting manner toward his audiences, his extreme eccentricities, and his repeatedly being fired from prestigious positions.