Anyone who lives in New York most likely knows someone whose health suffered as a result of being a first responder at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. It’s scandalous that many of those people, whose actions can fairly be described as heroic, have not been guaranteed health care to recognize what they did for the rest of us on that day and the days following as the rescue efforts continued. Just when it finally looked as though a health bill would become law, Republicans played politics and have scuppered the bill, as reported by Politico.com:
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) kept up pressure on Republicans Monday, pointing to their vote against a health care bill for Sept. 11 workers as an example that “nothing is above politics for them.”
Weiner launched into a now famous tirade on the floor of the House last week after Republicans voted against the bill for rescue workers because Democrats decided to not allow amendments to the bill, requiring a two-thirds majority for the vote and Republican support.
Republicans — including Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the bill’s co-sponsor — protested the Democrats’ use of the tactic in voting down the bill.
Weiner contended that Republicans raised no issues with the bill prior to the vote and only did so for political reasons.
“If this was not a noncontroversial bill, I have yet to see one,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, “and it would have been noncontroversial had the Republicans not made this a process argument. … Frankly, I think most Americans don’t really care what section of the calendar it comes up on, what day it comes up on, what the rules are. They want to see their representative vote up or down on some of these things.”
“This is Republican tactics and strategy, and nothing to do with the 9/11 bill,” he continued. “The 9/11 bill was the evidence that nothing is above politics for them.”
Republican opponents of the bill have balked at the $7.4 billion cost of the program…
[continues at Politico.com]