Obama’s Policies Hurt W.Va. Miners — Again

President Barack Obama has, in effect, proclaimed himself to be the “health care president.” He also insists he is a friend to coal miners.

But his administration is slashing funding for black lung clinics in West Virginia. For coal miners and their families, there is no more important health care issue.

Eight black lung clinics are operated throughout the state by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Federal money is critical.

But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources has placed a cap of $900,000 on black lung clinic funding for each state. That was done without prior notice, according to West Virginia officials. It will mean a drop of more than $500,000 in funding for state black lung clinics.

Obviously, a flat cap on black lung clinic funding for states makes no sense. States such as West Virginia have far more need than most others for such support.

But it is part of a pattern in more ways than one. Obama administration policies often are not well thought-out. And his priorities are sending billions of dollars to favored causes such as “alternative” energy – not helping coal miners. Clearly, West Virginians who have rejected Obama in two presidential elections were right.