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  •  That is perhaps partially true... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...although, in addition to purely authorizing medical care for the 9/ll "responders", the bill also authorizes the payment of cash claims to those who worked on the 9/11 sites.  (Another minor point is that public insurance such as Medicare does not pay 100% for everything, or provide "Cadillac" coverage, whereas this bill appears to cover health claims completely.)  

    Regardless, we do not have universal coverage in this country.  Feal and his group are asking for a special benefit for themselves to which all Americans, no matter how heroic they are, are not entitled.  They are relying to a certain extent on the fetishization of 9/11 in our culture to extort that benefit from the legislature.  Are you at all uncomfortable with that?

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