Republicans Deny Health Coverage For 9/11 Responders

by Ben Hoffman

This is the summary of the bill Republicans are blocking in the House:

Official Summary
2/4/2009–Introduced.James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 – Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC program) to provide:
(1) medical monitoring and treatment benefits to eligible emergency responders and recovery and cleanup workers who responded to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; and
(2) initial health evaluation, monitoring, and treatment benefits to residents and other building occupants and area workers who were directly impacted and adversely affected by such attacks. Requires the WTC program administrator to:
(1) implement a quality assurance program;
(2) establish the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee;
(3) establish the WTC Responders Steering Committee and the WTC Community Program Steering Committee;
(4) provide for education and outreach on services under the WTC program;
(5) provide for the uniform collection of data related to WTC-related health conditions;
(6) conduct research on physical and mental health conditions that may be related to the September 11 terrorist attacks; and
(7) extend and expand arrangements with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide for the World Trade Center Health Registry. Authorizes the administrator to make grants to the Department to address mental health needs relating to the terrorist attacks.Amends the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act to:
(1) make individuals eligible for compensation under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 for harm as a result of debris removal; and
(2) extend the deadline for making a claim for compensation.

Republicans are scum. Right-wingers live in a bizarro world where they’re told to believe that making health insurance affordable is a bad thing, where regulating the banks that brought down our economy is a bad thing, where providing funding for rebuilding our country’s infrastructure is a bad thing, where repealing tax cuts for the uber-wealthy is a bad thing, and now I guess right-wingers are being told to believe that helping the responders to 9/11 is a bad thing.

Anthony Weiner had this great response:

8 Responses to “Republicans Deny Health Coverage For 9/11 Responders”

  1. When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

    “I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

    Obama noted “there’s still a reptilian side of our brain” that leads people to not trust others “if somebody sounds different or looks different.”

  2. Ah, Dems hung by their own silly (and cowardice) rules to require a 2/3 vote. Why not a simple majority vote? Afraid of the Rs amendments? Dems are just a bunch of hissy fit throwing babies (especially Wienie), not to mention disingenuous.

  3. Wiener needs to step back and stop all this acting. He is simply using this forum to try and get some points in against Republicans.Just more political rhetoric at the expense of those who this bill tries to help. The Republicans had valid objections over deficiencies in this bill.Just because the bill’s intent is without argument it does not mean we should ignore how it is administered and paid for. The Dems defeated the Republican amendment which addressed these deficiencies and so who defeated the bill?See the dissenting views in the Congressional record and read the bill and you will be ahead of most members of the House.

  4. We will see. Remember the Dems control the House and could have passed this if they did not opt for the 2/3 majority to avoid voting on sensitive amendments.At some point in history each party has shamed itself. Congress on both sides of the aisle should be ashamed of themselves. Given their approval rating I believe the American public overwhelmingly agree.

  5. I hope you don’t mind, but I quoted this post on my blog, because I so deeply agree with you.
    Wasn’t sure of the accepted courtesies, so if there’s a problem, I’ll take it down.


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