Obama signs 9/11 First Responders Healthcare BillAuthor: Jon Martin | Monday, January 3rd, 2011 |
CNN is reporting that Obama has signed the controversial 9/11 health bill into law. The president signed the bill Sunday while on vacation in Hawaii. No signing ceremony was held and there was little fanfare, Obama said he was “honored” to sign the bill into law.
“We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who risked their lives to save others,” Obama said. “I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.”
The legislation was originally titled the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It was created to help provide health coverage to workers who helped clear the rubble and search for human remains in the days after 9/11. The legislations price-tag, 4.2 billion was met with digust by some Republicans, who labeled it as another entitlement program. Maybe it is… maybe those people are entitled to good health for risking their lives. Maybe “entitlement” is just a buzzword to make people sound selfish and greedy.
Recently, Democrats have used this issue to point out the hypocrisy of Republicans… who made 9/11 such a big campaign and moral issue. It seems that the Republicans are so focused on beating Obama, that they are willing to forget their morals and deny money to those who were the first to run into the twin towers that day.
Jon Stewart dedicated his last show of the season entirely to the issue of first-responder healthcare. Many believe that Jon Stewart single-handidly changed the debate and made Republicans do the right thing.
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