When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, more than 50,000 people responded to the call to action to help with recovery at the World Trade Center. 8 years later, these same heroes feel great betrayal as more are dying from 9/11 related injuries and illnesses without proper health care or financial security.
A recent article in the New York Post cited more than 800 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers have died since 9/11 — and cancer has killed at least 270 people (data is still being collected and the number is likely much higher).
9/11 responders have been plagued with respiratory problems, cancer, financial, and emotional problems, while 90% of 9/11 responders don’t have proper medical care.
Responders are still being turned down for benefits, despite the mounting evidence that they were exposed to unsafe conditions during the recovery process.
“Many responders and their families and friends feel betrayed by Congress and are appalled by the callous indifference, lack of support and meager financial resources provided by the US government,” says Steve Centore, author of One of Them.
As all Americans who face a health care crisis whether insured or not, the 9/11 responders are at higher risk of foreclosures and bankruptcies.
“Once we are unable to work, we lose our health care and so does our family thus placing us into catastrophically financial ruin which no one can return from. If the heroes from 9/11 after saving thousands of lives are placed at the bottom of society and left to die, so can any citizen,” says Reggie Cervantes, 9/11 responder featured in Michael Moore’s film, SiCKO.
We need to remember those who died and those who are dying as a result of contamination at the World Trade Center. The best way to guarantee immediate help to the 9/11 responders and to ensure that no one is ever faced with such neglect after making great sacrifices for this county is to implement a national single-payer health care system. We are all together in the same boat. It shouldn’t take devastation on the magnitude of 9/11 to remind us that the only way a health care system can work is if everybody is in, and nobody is left out.
Please make your call today for single-payer health care reform and say:
1) Support Congressman Weiner’s single-payer amendment
2) Retain Congressman Kucinich’s amendment for state single-payer options in HR 3200
3) Support S. 703
All you have to do is go here, even if you don’t know your Rep. Fill out your address and phone number, you will receive a call script, then you will be connected to your Rep. FREE of charge.
In peace and health,
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff
The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care