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December 23rd, 2010
10:27 AM ET

9/11 first responder: Health bill is 'bittersweet,' a 'seven' on scale of 10

(CNN) - A compromise bill to provide free medical treatment and compensation to first responders of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack won final approval Wednesday from the House and Senate, sending it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The bill passed on a voice vote in the Senate, and then on a 206-60 vote in the House on the final day of the lame-duck session of Congress. Jubilant Democrats hailed the last-minute approval as a $4.2 billion triumph for firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who put themselves in harm's way to help others in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attack.

Today on American Morning, 9/11 first responder John Feal, FealGood Foundation, who lost half a foot during the rescue effort from Sept. 11, 2001, and still suffers from respiratory and post-traumatic stress issues, talks to AM's John Roberts and Carol Costello.

Watch the interview to see why he says the bill is better than any Christmas present.


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  1. Ryan

    What was the compermise?? The Rep. in the senate were fillerbusting this for a while. Did they finally give in or did they get rid of the part about removing the coporate tax loop hole to pay for it. Which is why the Rep. were fillerbustering it.?????????

    December 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm |