Senate leader pushes for extension of coal miner healthcare
Really. Health care. This guy?
This guy is concerned about people losing their health care?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he is pushing to extend expiring healthcare benefits for retired coal miners by including a provision in a spending bill Congress hopes to pass this week.
Retired coal miners.
The guy who had to be shamed by Jon Stewart into supporting healthcare for 9/11 first responders is concerned about the healthcare benefits of retired coal miners?
In a statement on the Senate floor, McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said that in conversations with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan he has insisted that the Continuing Resolution include "a provision to address that issue so these retirees don't lose their healthcare benefit at the end of this year."Oh, right. He'd hate to think that something could cause some people to lose their healthcare!
Unless. . .
Obamacare Repeal Would Take Insurance From 30 Million People
Gee, who is that guy, that guy who's been so adamant about wanting to repeal Obamacare? Old guy, looks like a turtle, has no decency. . .Oh, right, it's that son of a bitch Mitch McConnell!
So, McConnell is fine, well more than fine, he's practically erect at the thought of stripping health insurance from 30 million people, he's not all that crazy about providing care for the heroes of 9/11, but he just can't stand the thought of retired coal miners being unable to access whatever it is that passes for medical care in the coaldust towns of rural Kentucky?
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It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that retired coal miners are largely old white men, could it? Or that these old white men are voters McConnell might need in his next re-election bid? I mean,. the 9/11 first responders mostly live in New York and New Jersey, they can't vote for or against McConnell, that couldn't have anything to do with his callous indifference to their health concerns.could it?
Look, it's great that retired coal miners have healthcare. I'm not suggesting that they should forfeit this. I'm just saying that it's sickening that Mitch McConnell doesn't have the same concern for the millions of other Americans who will no longer have access to doctors if/when McConnell actually does what he's been promising/threatening to do and repeal the Affordable Care Act.