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article imageMassachusetts: Elizabeth Warren fought retired union miners

By Larry Clifton     Sep 25, 2012 in Politics
Boston - While working for a major coal company, Massachusetts Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was paid to circumvent a congressional requirement that provided millions of dollars in health care benefits to retired union coal workers.
It turns out the fair-skinned, blonde Democrat, who is already embroiled in controversy over her claims that she is Native American, worked for what liberal environmentalists, part of her base, consider the major polluter of the environment, a major coal producer, according to the Boston Globe.
Unfortunately for her campaign for the Senate, Warren has never produced a shred of evidence that she is Native American even though she listed herself as such when applying for work at universities.
On the hand, and equally unfortunate for the liberal Democrat, the Boston Globe has uncovered evidence that she was paid $10,000 for her role in attempting to take away health care funding from retired cold miners in the 1990s, according to a separate Washington Post report.
The subject of the suit was The Coal Act which was passed in 1992 to finance a fund for the long-term health care of retired mine workers and their families. Warren argued against it.
Warren, who authored a Supreme Court petition in the case, refused to talk with reporters about her involvement with the company, LTV Steel, according to the Globe.
However, Warren has released a statement that argues she was “fighting for a principle that could protect less powerful people who have claims against bankrupt companies.”
However a spokesman for the miners, who are prone to “black lung,” a disease well known to miners, had a different take:
“No exception should be made to this act,’’ Richard Trumka, then president of the United Mine Workers, told a congressional panel in 1993. “When it unravels, you will have roughly 200,000 miners and beneficiaries out there that will lose their health care.’’
Warren, who is in a dead even contest for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Scott Brown, could face electoral headwinds as she deals with the Native American scandal and as questions over her anti-union work becomes political fodder for her opponent’s campaign.
Massachusetts is considered a true blue liberal state, however Brown upended Democrats when he won the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election.
For her part, the news that Ms. Warren worked for a coal-producing company won’t sit well with environmentalists and the fact that she worked to take health-care funding from retired union coal workers will cause a stir among union workers in the state, another element of the Democrat Party base.
Similarly, Warren stumbled in last week’s debate with Brown while trying to explain her work representing Traveler’s Insurance Company against asbestos victim’s claims.
Analysts say Warren is vulnerable to claims that she worked against unions and the welfare of coal miners and asbestos workers who were exposed to elements that cause lung diseases.
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