Ground Zero workers are suffering from a panoply of illnesses, ranging from lung disease, cancer and mental illness – caused by their exposures and experiences during the aftermath of the 9-11 disaster. An insurance fund was set up to pay for these types of illness and injuries, but to date has only paid one claim, according to a story in the Washington Post. $45,000 was paid to a worker who fell off a ladder.
The fund has spent $74 million fighting the claims of workers injured at the sight. This is a real tragedy. The people who responded to the scene of one of the most sickening disasters in our country’s history are now being treated like they have done something wrong. They are losing their homes and unable to pay for the medical attention they need. We are spending millions of dollars fighting them, rather than helping them. Sick, sick, sick.