On Wednesday, December 22, the U.S. Congress passed the Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who rushed to aid victims at the site of the World Trade Center who later became sick from toxic smoke, fumes and dust at the site. The bill was named after James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died at the age of 34 from a respiratory illness attributed to breathing in toxic dust at ground zero.
The bill was bassed after much debate. There were many politicians who, while they spoke highly of the sacrifice of 9/11 responders, were resistant to pass this bill. Please see the attached video from The Daily Show.
This does not only happen in Washington but locally as well. While many local politicians speak highly of the sacrifice of the volunteer first responders that leave their homes at a moment’s notice to rush to the aid of others, the needs of the fire departments are unfunded or underfunded.