Originally Posted by littleladyangel
Exactly! I say this in absolute no disrespect to how courageous and brave these people were, but they were fulfilling their job. Thank God we have people who work as firemen, police officers, Emergency Responders, etc. These people are heros every day and face dangerous situations in their daily job. Does the fireman who responded to 9/11 deserve more care than the one injured trying to put out a fire right down the street in your own town? I dont see how that person is less a hero at all. We should be focused on providing for all Americans and not just those who we think have "earned the right". Many people are unable to be insured because of terrible preexisting conditions, thats the problem that needs to be solved (which obviously INCLUDES insuring these 9/11 responders!).
The difference being that the fireman who was injured while trying to put out a fire down the street gets Worker's compensation....whereas the 9/11 responders are often rejected due to their inflictions not being covered by their employment plans. The insurers dismiss these claims as having no correspondence to responding to 9/11.
If there were only one or two or ten such claimants all expressing different symptoms, I would give the insurers the benefit of the doubt....but when there is such a high proportion of responders expressing similar illnesses, then logic or even common sense should prevail. But it never does!!!