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COAL CITY, W.Va. — The sandwich bag was stuffed with pill bottles, so full its sides bulged. Rickie Coalson took them out one by one: small shiny capsules for stomach problems, big granular ones for arthritis. Two different medications to keep his heart pumping, and two kinds of inhalers to help him breathe. Migraine pills and blood pressure pills, another lung medication, aspirin he needs to take daily.

Coalson, 59, is one of about 16,000 retired coal miners whose health care benefits will end in a few months if Congress does not replenish the funds that were supposed to keep these workers insured for the rest of their lives. He’s now wondering which of his medications — and doctor’s appointments — he’ll be able to live without.

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  • Has Mitch McConnell scheduled the next vote on the Miners Protection Act and, if not, why ? If Trump promised the Coal Miners to act on this issue, where does he now stand relative to McConnell?

  • Sorry about your Health Benefits. Did you listen to him? No!!!! He never told you the truth. He always said he was going to get rid of the HealthCare.

  • They voted for Trump even as he campaigned on repealing the ACA and now they are worried about losing their health benefits? What did they think was going to happen if he won? If they voted for Trump, I have zero sympathy for them if they lose their health benefits. The only thing I care about is the rest of us who have to live with the results of their stupidity.

  • Oh boo hoo! You are getting what you deserve. You voted for him now eat his crap! They should take Obamacare away from everyone who voted for him. Now they all want their cake and want to eat it too.

  • Wow…these people are that dumb to vote their own health care away? Even voting for Republican after the Republican congress wouldn’t pass the Miners Protection Act… You can’t help stupid…

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