Happy Holidays to All…Give or Take

19 Dec

The U.S. Senate is currently up in arms over the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.  This bill would provide $7.4 billion in health coverage for the first responders suffering from health problems that stem from the inhalation of toxic chemicals at the site of Ground Zero. The fate of the act is still unclear, as it is currently being filibustered by members of the U.S. Senate.
The funds that would make up this bill would come from a tax increase on foreign corporations. While some argue that $7.4 billion is an outrageous sum, one must bear in mind that this Wednesday the senate passed tax-cut legislation that will end up costing $858 billion, critics of which allege will by and large benefit the wealthiest of Americans. According to Govtrack.us, the James Zadroga Act will cost “$25 per American over the 2011-2015 period.” Many senators have made the claim that settling this issue should not take precedence over the Christmas season, and that discussions should be held off until after the holiday vacation. In the supposed season of goodwill, many of our national heroes remain without health coverage ten years after the Twin Towers were leveled.  Being as so much time has passed without resolution, one has to wonder if these heroic citizens can’t feel but slightly disenfranchised by the country for which they risked their lives to serve.

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A synopsis of the act

Jon Stewart interviews some first responders

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