I think it's stupid that it took this long to pass a bill taking care of the ones who took care of those in NYC on 9/11. The stupidest thing about this bill is that it requires the people who are filing a claim to be cross checked to see if they are terrorists or not. Really? That's an insult. We don't cross check that for people who receive money for Medicare, SSI, Disability, Farm and Oil Subsidies, we don't check for druggies getting Welfare and Unemployment. We should for all of that. And the stupid part is that the committee chairman says it's an insult but allowed a vote that provision and it passed. That's our Congress.
Via Huffington Post: A provision in the new 9/11 health bill may be adding insult to injury for people who fell sick after their service in the aftermath of the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks, The Huffington Post has learned.
The tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list, according to a letter obtained by HuffPost.
Any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law was passed to address.
It’s a requirement that was tacked onto the law during the bitter debates over it last year.
The letter from Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, informs medical providers and administrators that they should begin letting patients know before the new program kicks in this July.
“This is absurd,” said Glen Kline, a former NYPD emergency services officer. “It’s silly. It’s stupid. It’s asinine.”
“It’s comical at best, and I think it’s an insult to everyone who worked on The Pile and is sick and suffering from 9/11,” said John Feal, a former construction worker who lost half a foot at Ground Zero and runs the advocacy group Fealgood Foundation.
Read the full article on HuffPo
Watch the Daily Show videos here on this bill. Pretty hilarious and makes sense.