By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 2 minutes ago
NEW YORK - Thousands of sick ground zero workers need nearly $2 billion in long-term treatment for ongoing health woes, Sen.
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday in the U.S. Senate as she offered legislation creating a long-term medical program.
Clinton, D-N.Y., brought an amendment to a ports security bill seeking to create a five-year, $1.9 billion treatment program for those still suffering the after-effects of the toxic dust, debris and fumes they endured at ground zero after the 2001 terror attacks.
"If we don't take care of these people now and start putting up a system that we can have in place for the next several years, we are going to betray a fundamental responsibility to those who we salute whenever it is convenient, whenever it is political," said Clinton, speaking on the Senate floor two days after the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Enough with that. They don't want our speeches. They don't want our flowery rhetoric. They want our help," said Clinton.
The senator offered the amendment on the heels of a major new study that found almost 70 percent of those who worked at ground zero suffered some type of lung ailment during or after the event.
The findings propelled a growing public outcry for the government to treat the sick workers, and Clinton's measure would vastly multiply federal spending to date for Sept. 11-related health programs.
She estimated sick workers would need about $5,800 each a year in health care.
Yep I`m sure Bush could afford a couple measly billion from those hundreds of billions being spent over in Iraq.
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Edited by Shalamar, 17 September 2006 - 10:52 AM.