Healthcare Is Coming to 9/11 First Responders
Matt | On 22, Dec 2010
The brave men and women who were first responders to the scene of the terror attacks in New York on September 11, 2001 will soon get some needed resources coming their way.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill to provide five years of health coverage to first responders who were on the scene at the 9/11 attacks. Many people involved in the rescue efforts inhaled particulates and other hazardous materials from the collapsed and burned buildings. There is also a compensation fund for those first responders who have been ill since the terror attacks.
The final price of the bill is $4.2 billion – a mutually agreed-upon figure between Senate Republicans and Democrats. That’s a relatively small price to spend on the people who bravely put themselves in harm’s way during and after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
The next step is for the House to pass the bill later today.
Now this is my idea of government at work. This type of assistance should have been delivered to 9/11 heroes years ago. But, I’ll take whatever we can get now. It shows how working together can really allow things to get done. Mark this on your calendar, it’s one of the few times that I’m giving Congress a compliment.