Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” introduces us to four 9/11 first responders to build support for the stalled Zadroga health benefits bill

Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show is very funny, but not Thursday night. He had four guests, 9/11 first responders from New York’s police and firefighters, explaining their cancers and other diseases caused by continuous breathing of toxic fumes for months as they labored heroically first to rescue survivors, then to recover remains of the 2750 who died at the World Trade Center.

Senate Republicans are filibustering the Zadroga bill, which would provide for the health coverage that most of the men have lost. These Senators, after having wrapped themselves in the flag and praised the unimaginable courage and dedication of these heroes,  are now refusing to help them alleviate the suffering that’s the direct result of their heroism. And now the Senators are raging at the possibility that some of their weeks of Christmas vacation will be interrupted by such trivia as first responders health benefits or the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

Watch the seven minutes of the show here. You won’t get many laughs, but you’ll see some of America’s greatness and smallness, and you’ll change your opinions of all involved—Stewart, the responders, the Republican Senators, and the news media who have abandoned this issue to The Daily Show

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2 Responses to “Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” introduces us to four 9/11 first responders to build support for the stalled Zadroga health benefits bill”

  1. 'Ata' Says:

    The Republican party has truly scarred its image, shown its utter contempt for life, and unethically placed finance above helping those in need! They do not question Billions in military spending, but sure as hell would prefer the meek, who sacrificed their own health to serve their community, to suffer!

  2. Ethics Bob Says:

    That’s not fair–some of them favored the bill, some opposed it for reasons I can’t understand, and some are, as you say, heartless. But not all of them.

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