I had seen a teaser on CNN earlier today about the Senate not even being able to debate a bill that would give 9/11 first responders free healthcare. You can read the online article here.
It makes me angry that the Republicans think they can play politics with life. The Republicans filibustered the vote to enter the bill in for debate, and it failed 57-42 (60 votes are needed for this process, known as “cloture”). The Republican Party has gone down in my opinion, and I have already determined that what little hope there was for me voting for my incumbent Senators (Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn) just went out the door. After learning of the vote, I am appalled at their lack of human respect and decency.
Many first responders who rushed into the World Trade Center and stayed for days and weeks afterward were exposed to chemicals and toxins, and the Republican Party basically just told them they don’t care. There have already been cases of first responders dying because they could not get the proper care–they can’t afford it.
Would it not be fair to at least give them some benefits similar to VA benefits? Or at least give them subsidized healthcare? I mean, come on, they tried to save as many as possible and worked to clean the site of the worst terrorist attack on United States soil.
In one way of thinking, the terrorists have won yet again–more are going to die because of their attacks, and this time, the Senate Republicans are the ones who should be held responsible.
I am in no way advocating that all Democrats are a God-send. Many are not. But they voted to help those who need the help.