Obama signs health bill for 9/11 responders

US President Barack Obama signed into law Sunday a bill to compensate emergency responders sickened in the rubble of the September 11 attacks, the White House said.

"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 after the signing.

"I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks."

The president is currently in Hawaii, where he spent the Christmas and New Year's holidays, and was expected back in Washington on Tuesday.

The US Congress on December 22 approved a 10-year, four-billion-dollar program to help police, firefighters and other workers made ill by the fumes left in the wake of the worst terrorist attack on US soil.

The Senate and then the House of Representatives passed the measure after a last-minute compromise ended a Republican blockade in one of the final acts of the Democrat-led US Congress.

The measure offers health care and compensation to firefighters, police officers and other first responders who rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.

Some of the emergency workers who survived the collapse of the Twin Towers have become sick and even died from cancer and other ailments in the nine years since, purportedly from toxic substances contained in the wreckage.

Almost 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001 when planes hijacked by Al-Qaeda suicide operatives were flown into the World Trade Center, as well as the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

Another 70,000 people claim to have been exposed to the toxic fumes.

(c) 2011 AFP

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Jan 03, 2011
Some of the emergency workers who survived the collapse of the Twin Towers have become sick and even died from cancer and other ailments...

I's like to know how many "first responders" are covered, and the rate of their "cancer and other ailments" as compared to a control group. I'll bet every illness ever conceived is covered by this feel-good bill, regardless of whether it can be linked to the conditions of 9/11.

The leeches, a/k/a lawyers, for the residents of Hinckley, CA, where Erin Brockovich plied her fake ta-tas to major financial advantage, blamed everything from nosebleeds to headaches to dandruff to cancer to heart attacks on Chromium 6, despite it being medically impossible for any one substance cause all those "ailments". As usual, the "victims" (if there were any) got very little while the leeches became multi-millionaires and/or got movie deals.

A recent study of the residents of Hinckley, reported right here, showed NO statistically significant cancer rates.

Jan 03, 2011
It's good to know where people stand on this issue. I wonder if it will be remembered in the next election? In my opinion any "first responder" is a hero, and deserves to be treated as such. I'm also curious, what sort of medical coverage is supplied to the politicians who stood in the way of this bill?

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