Retired coal miner John Leach received a frustrating letter this week, informing him that his family’s heath benefits would soon be terminated should the U.S. Congress fail to act by the end of April.
“I’ve been a United Mine Worker member for over 30 years,” he told CNN’s Van Jones on “The Messy Truth” late Thursday. Jones was also joined by Wall Street Journal writer and former Donald Trump adviser Stephen Moore.
“We worked in the coal mines producing the fuel that made America the most powerful nation on earth,” Leach continued. “The company I worked for went bankrupt, and now I will lose my heath benefits.”
Leach and his wife’s three children all suffer from a rare and fatal genetic disease known as Friedreich’s Ataxia. The Beaver Dam, Kentucky family worries that without John’s benefits, their financial safety net will collapse.
“The federal government has guaranteed for 70 years coal miners like myself get our benefits, but now for the first time, the government may not live up to that moral commitment,” Leach noted.
“Do you, sir, think that the U.S. government should honor the promises that were made to miners like myself?” he asked Moore.
The Trump adviser appeared flummoxed.
“I don’t know all the facts of—” Moore stammered, before deflecting.
“I would ask you this question, sir. What happened to the money? Because you paid into the system, right? And I wonder what happened to the retirement heath care dollars that were supposed to be there for you when you retired,” he answered. “I don’t know the answer to that.”
“I’ll tell you what happened,” said Van Jones, cutting in. “What happened is, when fracking hit, it made coal more expensive and they were running into bankruptcy courts to discharge those obligations.”
Ana Navarro fact-checks Trump team’s deceptively edited Biden video
Ana Navarro fact-checked a video circulated by the Trump campaign, and broadcast by NBC News, that appears to show Joe Biden mixing up his 2020 opponent with George W. Bush.
The video clip came from an "I Will Vote" concert live stream from Sunday night, featuring the former vice president and Jill Biden, along with a number of celebrities, and President Donald Trump and his campaign seized on a momentary stumble to suggest the Democratic nominee was mentally unfit, reported The Daily Beast.
Kayleigh McEnany defends ‘brilliant’ Trump for holding rallies amid COVID surge: ‘His plan is working’
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday called President Donald Trump's handling of COVID-19 "brilliant" and defended his decision to hold rallies in states with surging infection rates.
During an interview on Fox News, host Sandra Smith pointed out that COVID-19 positivity rates are rising in some of the states where Trump is holding campaign rallies.
According to Smith, positivity rates in Wisconsin have skyrocketed over the past two weeks.
"They're at a 28% positivity rate," the Fox News host observed. "More than one in four tests is coming back positive. In Nebraska, where the president will also visit today, a 21.5% positivity rate. So, does it help the president to continue to dismiss this virus and say that we're rounding the corner, Kayleigh?"
Gretchen Whitmer rips Trump in brutal op-ed: Kidnapping plot was ‘no coincidence’ — and he knows it
In an op-ed published in The Atlantic this Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reflected on the kidnapping plot that targeted her, saying that when she was sworn in as governor, she had no idea that two years later a "multistate terrorist group" would threaten her life.
"I am not surprised," she wrote. "I have watched the president wedge a deeper divide in our country; refuse to denounce white supremacists on a national debate stage; and launch cruel, adolescent attacks on women like Senator Kamala Harris and public-health leaders like Anthony Fauci. And while I won’t let anything distract me from doing my job as governor, I will not stand back and let the president, or anyone else, put my colleagues and fellow Americans in danger without holding him accountable."