The Occupational Hazard Of The Coal Mining Industry

1211 Words Aug 7th, 2016 5 Pages
A research study provided by Harvard concluded that individuals who did not have access to an adequate health insurance policy had a forty percent higher risk of death than there more financially inept counter parts. According to this study an average of one American dies every thirty minutes due to lack of adequate health care due to financial ineligibility. The work force also known as middle class americans are truly the ones who are directly affected by the intelligibility to afford decent health care. Consequently working class americans are the ones who traditionally are the unhealthiest due to the nature of many of the individuals careers. For example, black lung is known occupational hazard in the coal mining industry. Starting in 1968, there have been 75,000 death contributed to black lung. It was not until 1978 that the coal miners were compensated for sickness and death contributed to black lung disease. The debate on whether or not health care is an inalienable right has been discussed since the late 1800’s. During the reformer and progressive era the federal government took little to know interest in reforming the health regime in America. The choice was given to the individual states to decide on what the best method would be. This is when the states ultimately left the health care side of politics to private and voluntary programs. Up until 1915 health care was not a discussion worth while to the federal government. Theodore Roosevelt believed every…
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