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(New York Daily News)   Turns out the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 is more like the It's So Adorably Naïve How You Thought Firefighters Would Actually Be Helped Act of 2011 and 2012   (nydailynews.com) divider line 22
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2012-12-10 12:13:54 PM
Yeah....Jon Stewart is not going to like this. At all.
 
2012-12-10 12:16:25 PM
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So sad.
 
2012-12-10 12:22:32 PM
Oh, well don't act like the first responders got NOTHING back in thanks. After all, we milked two wars out of the debacle! Not one, TWO!

That counts for something, right?

/ ...right?
 
2012-12-10 12:23:57 PM
Suprise. Politicians hold those who died as martyrs and those who survived as useless.
 
2012-12-10 12:27:24 PM
does this mean schumer gets to keep wearing that fdny hat he got 11 years ago?
 
2012-12-10 12:40:12 PM
Generally what this means is that the bureaucrats will panic and start throwing the money out without any oversight and a couple of years later Schumer will drag them in front of a committee to explain why they've blown all the funds on waste and fraud.
 
2012-12-10 12:41:42 PM
Please, Republicans, tell me how unions are to blame.
 
2012-12-10 01:05:03 PM
See give that money back to the states and cancer would be cured.
 
2012-12-10 01:16:59 PM
lol.... over 10 yrs have gone by, i wonder how many first responders are dead now. sure glad those politicians care so much as to drag their feet. wait another yr or two they will all be dead and a fund will not be needed, another yr later noone will even remember them. problem solved.
 
2012-12-10 01:27:49 PM

pmdgrwr: lol.... over 10 yrs have gone by, i wonder how many first responders are dead now. sure glad those politicians care so much as to drag their feet. wait another yr or two they will all be dead and a fund will not be needed, another yr later noone will even remember them. problem solved.


Would be better to give the first responders their money and stop the mawkish farking the corpse of the Twin Towers every year.

In 1952, nobody, except Hawaiians, gave a crap about 12/7/42.
 
2012-12-10 01:33:43 PM

EyeballKid: Please, Republicans, tell me how unions are to blame.


Not unions. This time its the government. SSDD.
 
2012-12-10 01:38:32 PM
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So far, 15,000 firefighters, cops, hardhats and others who lived, worked or went to school downtown have registered as potential claimants. But only 1,500 have filed applications, officials told The Post.

Cancers were recently added to the covered illnesses, but the fund has yet to issue the forms for those applications.

Claimants must first prove they suffered a covered illness caused by exposure to Ground Zero or other 9/11 site, then prove an "economic loss" not met by other payments.

Those who qualify for compensation can get a portion of their estimated award -- possibly 10 percent or so -- in 20 days.

"That 10 percent could have helped people enjoy a happy, healthy holiday and put toys under the tree for their kids," Feal said.

"It's the same crap - no different than what we went through with the city settlement," said Richard Palmer, a former Rikers Island warden who suffers from asthma. "It's frustrating. Let's get moving already."

One lawyer said he has filed nearly 100 applications but has no idea where they stand: "We haven't gotten any feedback from anybody. It's like a black hole."

Another lawyer, Andrew Carboy, said that his firm has filed about 200 applications but that the only response so far was a request for one client to re-sign a form. "The signature wasn't close enough to the signature line," he said.

But Sheila Birnbaum, special master of the fund, told The Post that most applications have arrived incomplete. Only 500 claimants have sent in the required signatures; others lack key details. "Nobody wants to get money out quicker than I do," she said. "We've been disappointed that we just don't have all the information to do it."

Twelve claimants have been found eligible, mainly FDNY members with such problems as sleep apnea and lung, sinus and digestive diseases. But one had "no economic loss," and three were already compensated by the first 9/11 fund, Birnbaum said.

Payments, such as pensions or a settlement in the mass lawsuit against the city, will be deducted from the awards. Birnbaum said the VCF staff has been forced to track down missing information.


It could be a lot more efficient, but it's not like they're just sitting there doing nothing. 

If only the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform could take a break from Benghazi and look at this.
 
2012-12-10 02:02:42 PM

AMonkey'sUncle: In 1952, nobody, except Hawaiians, gave a crap about 12/7/42.


I should hope not. No events of note happened on that date in 1942.
 
2012-12-10 02:08:20 PM
Mea culpa.
 
2012-12-10 02:14:46 PM

BlastYoBoots: Oh, well don't act like the first responders got NOTHING back in thanks. After all, we milked two wars out of the debacle! Not one, TWO!

That counts for something, right?

/ ...right?


First responders still in their respective job were rewarded with increased veteran suicides to deal with.
 
2012-12-10 02:26:07 PM

WizardofToast: Suprise. Politicians hold those who died as martyrs and those who survived as useless.


Because the dead cost nothing.

/Edward Longshanks
 
2012-12-10 02:52:53 PM
No, no, subby! You're missing the point! If we dick around long enough, a lot of them will be dead and we won't have to pay them at all! We borrowed the strategy from medical insurance providers and it's GENIUS!
 
2012-12-10 04:05:57 PM

Gen. Patton Harvey Oswalt: Yeah....Jon Stewart is not going to like this. At all.


i guess we know what/who he'll be shaming on tonight's show.
 
2012-12-10 04:19:30 PM
What do the fire fighters need help with again?
 
2012-12-10 08:17:22 PM

qorkfiend: AMonkey'sUncle: In 1952, nobody, except Hawaiians, gave a crap about 12/7/42.

I should hope not. No events of note happened on that date in 1942.


I do know that was the date the USS Bowfin was launched. That submarine was nicknamed the "Pearl Harbor Avenger" for some strange reason.
 
2012-12-10 09:23:58 PM

jjorsett: Generally what this means is that the bureaucrats will panic and start throwing the money out without any oversight


They do not panic. They take great care when they throw money around without any oversight. It still has to go to the correct movers and shakers. If those crews don't get paid and paid FIRST, Assemblyman Emptysuit finds himself curiously short on campaign donations and with a primary challenger who emerged out of nowhere. In New York, losing in a general election is almost unheard-of for an incumbent. It mainly happens to first-termers and people who pushed the ethical boundaries without giving their bosses a cut.
 
2012-12-10 10:51:08 PM

jjorsett: Generally what this means is that the bureaucrats will panic and start throwing the money out without any oversight and a couple of years later Schumer will drag them in front of a committee to explain why they've blown all the funds on waste and fraud.


Piles of federal money laid out in front of NYPD and FDNY members and you expect something besides waste and fraud?

These are the people who have raised pension and disability fraud to the level of art. Do you really expect anything different because of 9/11?
 
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