Pres. Obama signs Sept. 11 health care bill

HONOLULU, HI - President Barack Obama signed the Sept. 11 health care bill into law today.

The bill, called the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, was named for a NYPD detective who died in 2006 of a respiratory illness after inhaling toxins from the rubble at Ground Zero.

The bill will provide free health care for Sept. 11 first responders who became ill after breathing in the toxic fumes and dust.

John Feal, a first responder who was a major advocate of the bill said it was a bittersweet victory that came nine and a half years too late for the 990 first responders who have already died as a result of illnesses from the attacks.

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