The NYTimes reports that “Republicans Block U.S. Health Aid for 9/11 Workers“:
Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.
The 9/11 health bill, a version of which was approved by the House of Representatives in September, was among several initiatives that Senate Democrats had hoped to approve before the close of the 111th Congress. Supporters believe this was their last real opportunity to have the bill passed…
There are nearly 60,000 people enrolled in health monitoring and treatment programs related to the 9/11 attacks, according to the sponsors of the bill. The federal government provides the bulk of the money for those programs.
The article prompted a great many comments, of course, including this highlighted gem from skater242 — nj:
While it is true that the Federal Gov’t should bare some responsibility for the cost of caring for those who cared so much for us, I feel that enough is enough already.
Having lived a block away from the site, i have hundreds of pictures of rescue workers in shorts, short-sleeve t-shirts, no headgear, no breathing devices/filters, nothing on their hands or any other exposed area where toxic materials can easily seep into the body and for this carelessness, i am supposed to pay for these people’s healthcare for the rest of their lives?
Aren’t most covered thru their jobs? Therefore their healthcare should be paid for by their carriers and not by the taxpayer who, incidentally supports their assault on the pension systems of NY State?
Pivoting from platitudinous piety to victim-blaming to dumping responsibility on some anyone-not-me amalgam of talking points — all in four sentences!
Building intelligent bots to churn out this kind of anti-American slush would be a waste of money, when there are morans who’ll do the same job for nothing.