After what seemed like an impossible feat, the health care bill for 9/11 first responders has passed. The Senate did scale it back significantly, but it passed unanimously. After all the stalling via Republican filibusters, and the unbelievable gall of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and his threats of obstruction, the bill is on its way to the House where it is expected to pass.
Providing free health care to the people who put their lives at risk after the September 11th attacks is, as Jon Stewart says, a no-brainer. When Stewart took nine minutes of air time on The Daily Show to rage against the Republicans and allow us all to hear from 9/11 first responders who are all battling deadly diseases, the bill was catapulted back into the spotlight.
So let's thank Jon Stewart who brought national attention to the fact that Republican Senators were acting like jackasses while denying the bravest Americans health care.
Other shout-outs include:
- Senators Gillibrand and Schumer of New York who introduced the bill. Holla!
- Former NYC Mayor Giuliani who FINALLY said something.
- The First Responders who stormed Senator Coburn's office, even though Coburn wouldn't grant them an audience.
- Shep Smith, a Fox News correspondent (I know! Fox!) who has been calling out Coburn on the air about his blocking of the bill.
And of course to all of those brave men and women who can have a little bit of peace after such a harrowing time, knowing our government will help you with health care you so desperately need.
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