Making Health Care For Our 9/11 Heroes Permanent
Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Gillibrand, I couldn’t agree more. I articulated a very similar position in a piece last Friday. My question is, how do we convince young folks like me to understand the Anniversary of 9/11 as an occasion to remember those lose and those first responders, instead of an occasion for political debate?

“…as the years go on, my generation, possibly as a function of our young age when the attacks happened, is prone to use the anniversary of 9/11 as a sound board for political debate instead of an occasion for remembrance. These debates cover the merits of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conduct of the United States in detaining foreign suspects at Guantanamo Bay, and the list goes on.

Today is not the day for those debates. If there is one thing to politicize and relentlessly support today, it is a permanent extension of the nearly-expiredCongressional program that funds the healthcare for complications suffered by the many men and women who risked their lives as first responders on 9/11, so that others might live.”