New York First Responders Slam Obama On 9/11 Health Bill

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An Environmental Protection Agency employee checks one of the many air sampling locations set up around the site of the World Trade Center.

They’re right, aren’t they? From the Daily News:

Ailing 9/11 responders slammed President Obama on Tuesday for sounding off on the Ground Zero mosque while keeping silent on a $7.2 billion health care bill.

“Why have you failed us? We thought you would be our champion” in pushing the legislation, John Feal wrote to Obama.

One of the thousands who worked at The Pile after the World Trade Center attacks, Feal heads the Fealgood Foundation supporting the responders.

The plight of the Ground Zero heroes, still suffering and dying from illnesses brought on by the toxic cloud over the twin towers’ ruins, has taken a backseat to the political posturing over the mosque, Feal said.

The mosque’s location “is not an issue for us,” he told Obama.

“It is disturbing that you have the time and energy to speak in favor of the mosque, but not on the health crisis caused by the attacks,” said Feal, who lost part of a foot when a steel beam fell on him during cleanup work.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), who has worked closely with the responders on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, seconded their complaints about Obama.

“While I welcome President Obama’s comments on religious freedom, I can understand why John Feal and his fellow 9/11 responders would want to hear that the President supports their cause, too,” Maloney said.

The White House did not immediately comment.

The Zadroga bill failed to muster a necessary two-thirds vote last month. GOP opponents called it a money grab by New York and said it would raise taxes…

[continues in the Daily News]

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  • Gregory

    Uhm…Obama did sound off on the 9/11 Health Care bill and called the GOP out on it for obstructing progress for political reasons.

    When will people start placing blame where it belongs…on the Republicans who got us into this mess and don't want us to get out of it…until at least they win back a congressional majority and the white house.

    And why does the media go fishing around and talking to Obama's critics like they have a point?

    sigh…we're doomed.

    • Your Mom

      Nice move: completely ignore the complaints of working class white men.

      Racist intellectuals like you are the real problem.

      • nick__nick

        Someone makes a comment having NOTHING to do with race, and then you bring it up for no reason at all? Sounds like you are the only “racist” here (note how I didn't add “intellectual”, dummy).

        • Andrew

          Every time he quotes Sowell he becomes less racist.

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            That would be true…if quoting Sowell were less like quoting Amos and Andy. Cherry picking the world of black authors to find that rarest of all gems…a black man who toes the party line and gets rich doing it…does not qualify as a display of racial sensitivity…in fact, its the exact opposite.

      • Connie Dobbs

        LOL you are so fucking fake. You walk into art galleries and the curator screams “forgery! forgery!” California rolls are your favorite sushi. You got kicked out of the pawn shop because the owner thought you were electroplated. You're sponsored by Morningstar Farms.

      • A Bad Joke

        LIZARD ALIENS ARE ALL MARXIST

      • E.B. Wolf

        Did you even read the article. The GOP filibustered the bill to pay for their medical care.
        What would you propose be done?

        Should Congress pass a socialist, big gub'mint handout to act as a welfare state for these people?

        What solution does the Free Market have for them?

        What would Thomas Sowell do?

        Please enlighten us.

      • Andrew

        Working class white men don't need health care? Why, because they're genetically superior, so they never get veryy sick, so they never lose work, and so they can always pay whatever the insurance cartels demand?

        • Bettyeduncan

          Here we go again…”cartels”… so how much do you pay for what you are sniffing/smoking? Cartel Prices?

          • Andrew

            I’m not sniffing or smoking anything. I’m clean and sober, and always have been. Got anything relevant to say?

  • Hadrian999

    why is health care for new york city workers a federal matter?

  • justagirl

    does that daily news photo of obama remind anyone else of ruprecht from dirty rotten scoundrels?

  • guest51

    The Zadroga bill failed to muster a necessary two-thirds vote last month. GOP opponents called it a money grab by New York and said it would raise taxes

    Isn't if great to be a GOP'er. As a GOP'er you can kill a bill and blame it on the opposition for the bill not passing. And the useful GOP idiot followers bow to the GOP and like subjects say, “your clothes are so fine”.

    • Bettyeduncan

      As I read comments from the “other side” I wonder how I could ever have been a member of the Democratic Party!@#$

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, this is NOT going to break like 2000. Progressives are NOT going to let phoney distractions split the vote like they did back then. Guest51 and E.B. Wolf have it spot on: Actually read the thing and it's clear that this “controversy” was both manufactured and amplified by the GOP.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The key difference is that one is a house bill with nearly unilateral Dem support…Obama has no further influence over it…he supports it the same way pretty much everyone not actually in the GOP already does. Coming out in favor of it might actually drive a few republicans further away…since in the party of cultish hatred, any indication of agreement with Obama is like the kiss of death.

    The other item is a regional NYC issue that has been propagandized and mischaracterized into a ‘national crisis’…and the divide on the cultural center crosses all party lines…therefore Obama’s added voice may have some value and actually make a difference.

    None of this actually changes my overall opinion of our fake twoparty corporatocracy…but in this narrow little issue…there is no wrong and no foul…other than the GOP manufacturing free outrage based on lies to distract people from their own major deficits as a party and as human beings in general.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The key difference is that one is a house bill with nearly unilateral Dem support…Obama has no further influence over it…he supports it the same way pretty much everyone not actually in the GOP already does. Coming out in favor of it might actually drive a few republicans further away…since in the party of cultish hatred, any indication of agreement with Obama is like the kiss of death.

    The other item is a regional NYC issue that has been propagandized and mischaracterized into a 'national crisis'…and the divide on the cultural center crosses all party lines…therefore Obama's added voice may have some value and actually make a difference.

    None of this actually changes my overall opinion of our fake twoparty corporatocracy…but in this narrow little issue…there is no wrong and no foul…other than the GOP manufacturing free outrage based on lies to distract people from their own major deficits as a party and as human beings in general.

  • Bettyeduncan

    As I read comments from the “other side” I wonder how I could ever have been a member of the Democratic Party!@#$

  • Bettyeduncan

    Here we go again…”cartels”… so how much do you pay for what you are sniffing/smoking? Cartel Prices?

  • Andrew

    I’m not sniffing or smoking anything. I’m clean and sober, and always have been. Got anything relevant to say?

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