Your President Hard At Work: 9/11 Heroes Get The Health Help Two Bush Administrations Didn’t Bother To Create

- By Bossip Staff

It took almost ten years after the devastating attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. for the first responders who risked their lives on September 11, 2001 to get government help with their health expenses.

President Obama took time out of his Honolulu vacation to sign the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act into law yesterday.

President Barack Obama said Sunday he was honored to sign a bill to provide aid to survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks and first responders who became ill working in the ruins at the World Trade Center.

“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 in a statement. “I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.”

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was named after a police officer who died of a respiratory disease he contracted during the 9/11 rescue operations. The bill was one of the last measures Congress passed before adjourning in December.

Some Republicans tried to block the measure, saying they were concerned with how to pay for the bill. They dropped their opposition after lawmakers struck a compromise to reduce the costs.

The $4.2 billion measure will be paid for with a fee on some foreign companies that get U.S. government procurement contracts.

“At long last, the President’s signature has ended our nine-year struggle to address the 9/11 health crisis. The Zadroga law will save lives and fulfills our moral obligation to care for those who rose to the defense of America in a time of war,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

“This is a great victory for the heroes of September 11th, the firefighters, police officers and construction workers. Justice is finally being served,” added Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly hailed the passage of the bill. “The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were an attack on America by a foreign enemy and addressing its health impacts is a national duty,” Bloomberg said.

Let’s see the Republicans spin this one at the end of the year when they start their 2012 campaigning.

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  • Just Sayin

    That’s called doin what’s right!

  • upside down

    Thank You Mr. President

  • http://www.swirlsociety.com www.swirlsociety.com

    yes basic rights things that this so called greatest country of earth falls behind the rest of the western world in.

    time to get up to speed and fast

  • mzdiscreet32

    Thanks President Obama. the other day on FB a person post some trash talking media message about how our President can call the owners of Mike Vick football team and not the fallen chicago firefighters. Bottomline the media work so hard to bring him down.. keep doing whatcha doing .. Yes we can

  • Boondock Saint

    I’d like to thank OUR President for helping these people get the care they deserve.

  • Glok..Woke up this morning screaming,...Fuk Da World !!!

    GOOD TIMES AINT WE LUCKY WE GOTEM …PLZ THAT NI.GGR AINT ADDRESS THE BLK ISSUE IN AMERICA YET ,..FUK YOU NI.GGRS HE GOT WHITER AZZ TO KISS!

  • scott c

    I am a sick 9/11 responder,retired NYPD Cop and advocate for this Bill.I can finally breathe a sigh of relief that this Bill that had dragged on for so many years through both Branches of Government has finally been signed by President Obama.It is something that i never thought i would see in my lifetime.We never stopped going to DC and accept “No” for an answer and with the tenacious leadership of John Feal and our group of tormentors(Responders,Ground Zero workers,Volunteers,local residents,elected official and Victim’s families)..WE KICKED TAIL AND PREVAILED!!

  • laker201035

    Thank You Mr. President!! I can’t wait to vote for you in 2012!!! You have had every obstacle thrown at you that you can name but you have maintained grace and dignity under so much scrutiny and those dam Republicans have tried their best to kick you down. I adore you!!

  • Jenny

    I saw this story on the Michael Moore documentary “Sicko.” The debris and smoke from the collapsed buildings caused lung problems for many of the volunteer workers, but the government refused to help cover their medical expenses. And yet a woman who goes out and has a gazillion kids by a gazillion different men can get all the help she needs from the governent. I remember in the documentary, the 9/11 volunteers had to actually go to Cuba in order to get treated. How sad.

  • soulsista

    Are u ppl 4real? Wake Up..Obama works 4 the same ppl Bush did..he is a traitor to every1..most of you ppl dont even know what he is up to, what bills he signs..ur just a bunch of morons. he has done more harm then good all the things that he promised you he didn’t even do and you still say i’m gonna vote for him..kill urself freakin idiots

    • Micheal

      Nice try soulsista why are you pretending to be black on another black site to spread you Sarah Palin views to black folk? Stop the hate.

    • already

      @Michael I smdh when these white people come on a black site trying to be black…lol…its real lame. Just because you have a black avatar doesnt mean you are black…I dont know why white people do that you not fooling anybody…lol

  • YungRippa

    He could have found the cure for aids 10 years ago and they still will find a way to belittle and keep him down….even blacks like that 3itch above me called soulsistah

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