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The Other War on Coal: Thousands of Retired Miners Could Lose Their Health Care and Pensions

Members of the United Mine Workers of America and their supporters rallied in Washington to preserve health care and pension benefits on Sept. 8, 2016. Jose Luis Magana/AP Tens of thousands of retired coal miners could lose their health coverage and pensions over the next year if a bill to ensure federal funding for the benefits doesn't pass Congress. The crisis has erupted into an impassioned political debate, pitting Republican opponents of the legislation against a bipartisan coalition of coal-state lawmakers.
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