Let's Invest in the Health of 9-11 Survivors

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  • 12/08/2015
Why is a lifeline -- the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for 9-11 survivors expiring?  The clinical evidence, gathered with great care and in considerable detail, demonstrates that survivors still struggle with heart conditions, asthma, post tramautic stress disorder and depression at a higher level than other people that we not directly affected.  The Act is NOT an entitlement.  It is a unique, registry based program that has been critical to improving the quality of life and health care of people suffering from the long term effects of war.   Sadly, what has been learned about the impact of war on the homeland through this consortia, will be important in treatment future victims.  We are far behind other countries, including Israel, in treating the casulties of war and terror.   So once again, those affected by 9/11 are First Responders. 

It's not that Congress won't pass the bill.  It's just that it, by letting the act expire, have demonstrated an indifference to suffering and terror.  Talk is cheap.  

Meanwhile, Jon Stewart has been leading the effort to get the legislation renewed ASAP.  He returned to The Daily Show to cajole Congress into taking action with humor and genuine outrage 

Stewart asked viewers to contact congress on social media with the hashtag, "#WorstResponders."

"People forget, with all this talk now about terrorism from the World Trade Center to San Bernardino, the one common link to all of this is the first people on the scene were first responders," Stewart said. "What message does it send to our first responders if once we're done as a nation with them helping us that we forget about them? That's unacceptable to me."

So it should be for us all!

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