Saturday, December 18, 2010

Responding to First Responders

Jon Stewart had one of the most responsible, compelling and poignant shows last Thursday night when he hosted 911 "first responders". 
Stewart has probably done more segments this year on the legislation known as the Zadroga Bill than any other topic. The bill would provide $7 billion in benefits for those who first responded on 9/11 and are now experiencing subsequent health problems such as cancer and respiratory disease. While it passed the House, Republicans have blocked the bill from advancing in the Senate.  The Huffington Post
 It was an interesting show from my perspective as I did not know what to expect.  I mean, I'm a Stewart junkie and I know his sympathies and politics.  What I didn't expect was the depth of individual illnesses these men were suffering. These firefighters are battling terminal illnesses as a result of an extraordinary amount of time spent at the 9/11 site. 

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Interestingly enough, Stewart had former Presidential hopeful and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee agreed with Stewart.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on "The Daily Show" Thursday and discussed the Senate's stalling of a bill that would provide additional funding to bolster health care coverage of 9/11 first responders. Huckabee agreed that the legislation, known as the Zadroga bill, should be supported by Republicans, who have blocked the bill over concerns of how it would be paid for.   The Huffington Post

Tonight, there is some indication the pressure on Congress to revisit this is building.  I hope this is true.  As it stands, this is a disgrace, no matter the price tag. 



DJan said...

Amen! Let's spend money appropriately, and this is First and Foremost!!

Ima Wizer said...

Leave it to the Rethuglicans to not want to vote for helping these brave people.....I'd say par for the course!

Happy Holidaze to you, Ms. California Gal!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

You're right, it's a disgrace. And it could have been paid for any number of ways.

Ruth said...

Thank you for posting this, as I had not seen this segment. I read it out loud to Don, and he had watched it too. Terrible. First they had to go through what they went through, then the clean up, then contract these terrible diseases. That's all bad enough. And now not help? It really is a shameful disgrace.

Susan said...

You know what I love most about Jon Stewart? Not that he knows how to sock it to the Repugs with wicked humor that sticks it where it most needs to go, but that he knows when to take things seriously and cover a topic in a manner that goes straight to your heart and your gut. He is a very caring and noble man. He should win the Nobel Peace Prize.


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