Sign a petiton to stop Johns Hopkins from taking money from coal companies & denying workers black lung claims
ABC World news conducted an investigation into Dr. Paul Saurel Wheeler, M.D. of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical Center. "Coal companies have paid millions of dollars to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions over the last decade for medical opinions that have been used to deny hundreds of ailing mine workers meager black lung benefits, a year long investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity found.The head of the Hopkins unit that interprets X-rays in black lung cases, Dr. Paul Wheeler, found not a single case of severe black lung in the more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000 in which he offered an opinion, a review by ABC News and the Center found. In recent court testimony, Wheeler said the last time he recalled finding a case of severe black lung, a finding that would automatically qualify a miner for benefits under a special federal program, was in "the 1970's or the early 80's."
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