- Van Jones and Jason Walsh: Coal miners have risked their lungs, limbs and lives on a daily basis for our nation
- America has a moral commitment to help them, Jones and Walsh say
Van Jones is the host of CNN's "The Messy Truth." He is president of The Dream Corps. Follow him on Twitter @VanJones68. Jason Walsh is the national policy director of The Dream Corps. He was a senior policy advisor for President Obama's Domestic Policy Council who helped develop the proposals in the President's FY 2016 and 2017 budgets that strengthened coal miners' health and retirement security. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)On Monday, March 6, John Leach received a letter from the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Retirement Funds. The letter informed him that unless the US Congress acted by the end of April, the health benefits that he earned as a retired coal miner, and that serve as an irreplaceable safety net for his family, would be terminated on May 1, 2017.