Friday, December 17, 2010

Powerful: Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responders react to Republicans’ Zadroga Bill filibuster

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Last night (Thursday) was the year’s final episode of The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart finished 2010 off by ending his one-man crusade for the Zadroga Bill, aka the 9/11 health bill, which would give affordable healthcare to the heroic first responders who sacrificed their own health to save others at Ground Zero after the attacks. It’s a poignant segment featuring a roundtable discussion with four 9/11 first responders who are suffering from various illnesses, and they discuss the shamelessly dishonest hackery of Senate Republicans as they filibuster the bill over naught but political games.

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If you haven’t already, check out the preceding segment where Stewart examines – aka excoriates – Senate Republicans for their filibuster. Also watch last Monday’s clip, which I’ve already posted here, because it’s so perfect in contrasting Republicans’ purported support of 9/11 heroes with their actual acts of stabbing them in the back the second it becomes politically advantageous.