A West Virginia coal miner who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election said at a town hall meeting that he agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders on universal health care.
This West Virginia coal miner who voted for Trump agrees: We need universal health care. pic.twitter.com/ADOpncSzgf
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 15, 2017
To applause and cheers from the crowd, Philip Lucion, a coal miner from McDowell County, West Virgina said, “I think we need hospitalization, every coal miner does, to take care of what happens to you underground because that’s a harsh environment.”
Agreeing with Sanders, Lucion later added: “I think every American citizen should have health care.”
McDowell County is among the nation’s poorest. According to a U.S. Census American Community Survey quoted on Sen. Sanders’ Senate website, “more than half of McDowell County households have incomes below $25,000. … One in three families in McDowell are living in poverty, including … more than 60 percent of those with children under five.”
Life expectancy for men in McDowell County is just 64 years — the same as life expectancy for men in the African nation of Namibia.