Zadroga 101: Death is Cheaper than Healthcare

When I wrote my first piece on the Zadroga Bill, I was pissed off.  I’ll be the first to admit that I had to edit that article more than once to remove the profanity laced around my frustration.  If you haven’t read it (and you want to), you’ll find a copy of it here: http://americanraksha.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/i-am-zadroga/  I was angry that it would be our own senators – not the monster-under-the-bed terrorists – that were so eager to let us die.  They argued about the money. We simply couldn’t afford to save those who so readily put their own lives on the line for their friends and neighbors. So sorry, folks, but there is no room in the government budget for heroes. Perhaps you should have considered the health risks before you started rescuing people. I suppose we can be sure THEY would never do anything so foolish. I’ll spare you (the rest of) my rant on the depravity of that debate, as we all witnessed it together. When they did finally sign the bill – under enormous public pressure – I remember my friend Janine warning me, even as I celebrated, that the bill they had reluctantly signed had been stripped down and raped of most of its meaningful, substantial assistance.  And now, all these months later, it’s becoming clear that it’s even worse than she had feared.    If it wasn’t so horrifying I would be able to admire the genius of it.   After removing millions from the bill itself in the interests of fiscal and political ‘compromise’, what’s left of the bill is finally signed to the sound of a collective “well done!” from we-the-people. ...
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