Obama signs 9/11 health bill
January 2nd, 2011
03:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama signs 9/11 health bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed the 9/11 health bill into law in Hawaii on Sunday, White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

Obama signed the bill during his Hawaiian vacation. No signing ceremony was held.

The bill made a long journey in order to get signed. A printed copy of the bill flew with a White House staffer from Washington to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, so Obama could sign it from his vacation rental in Kailua.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Can President Obama stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ?

    January 2, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. planet2012

    Yes and my BCBS policy increased by 18% and my sons over seas health plan went up 250.00 per MONTH! Thanks Obama for FREE health care. I call BS.

    January 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Yay! Good work Mr. President.

    January 2, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Kevin

    So are the Rebs gonna repeal this health care act also?

    January 2, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Laurie Stanner

    It's about time! This was SO overdue.

    January 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. DresMommy

    The firemen and policemen that dealt with the tragedy on 9/11 should have had health care a VERY long time ago. It's disgusting that it took this long.

    January 2, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Bessy

    President Obama never promised Free Health Care. In order to have that we would have to have socialized medicine, and God's knows, many Americans, especially republicans, don't want to hear about that.

    January 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Lpauldo

    signing a bill for that.a bill need to signed for other important things.talk about cutting spending.stop spending time worrying about what is best for congress and worry about the people in need rather than what is the popular thing to do for the people. Seems there is not justice for the little people.

    January 2, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Retired Army in San Antonio

    As for the 9/11 Responders benefits; one of the best and most needed bills EVAH!

    January 2, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. John

    We can only hope and pray something will happen before that. Oh for an American hero.

    January 2, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. a in austin

    About time...for all of those who shrill about terrorism and being so patriotic, it's about time we took care of those AMERICANS who stood tall on that sad day. I can't believe how cruel Americans can be...to those first responders who sacrificed for me and my freedoms that day, A BIG THANK YOU!!!!

    January 2, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Oy Vey Az

    Republicans suggested the legislation was creating a new entitlement program ? Our first responders are ENTITLED ! Maybe these Republican voices think that they are the entitled ones because their party had the first Politician atop the heap.

    January 2, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. dee

    I am very happy that this was passes. They were very brave to help and 9/11. Thanks to the worker and Thanks to the President Barack for passes the bill.

    January 2, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. j4613

    My BCBS went down by 10% because the company I work for demanded that the BCBS not raise rates. With record profits for insurance companies we need to stop playing into their scam.

    January 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Anne Beal

    we just got suckered into bailing out the insurance company that carries the workers' comp insurance for the City of New York. This makes us a nation of subrogation suckers.
    it has nothing to do with the injured workers, and everything to do with the insurance company.

    January 2, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. SunnyInMexico

    Happy New Year to everyone! It's about time NY First Responders are given something to help with their medical coverage. Unfortunately, our nation is filled with whiners who would rather complain about

    January 2, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. samantha

    We have many in the military who were never compensated from the Government for exposure to asbestos etc.
    The responders bill was not needed they have been given money before, plus they have insurance, people call them Hero's , it was their job, now they hold the taxpayer hostage for compensation.

    January 2, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. baba booey

    I recently heard an amazing radio broadcast by Howard Stern, YES STERN, from when he stayed on the air after the events of 9/11, this was truly moving. The feeling that the people who responded and went toward that building without hesitation not getting proper care makes me sick! They deserve every thing they need. They are true heros and this bill is just a penny to the millions they deserve!

    January 2, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Mary

    The government doesn't care about really fixing the health care problem. It's big business for the insurance companies and the drug companies. And the way we treat our men and women in the military is rediculous. They deserve better treatment.

    January 2, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Emerald Daee

    I hope that the First Responders for the Pentagon will get recognition and health care for their side effects from entering the Pentagon and inhaling burning asbestos, buring lead paint and burning jet buel. Why does all the money just go to New York?

    January 2, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Andrew VanAtta Kieffer

    We are moving to the future ao a more compassionate America. One world all mankind, co-exosting in peace through respect for the sanctity of life.

    January 2, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. John

    Thanks Mr. President, You got my vote in 2012.

    January 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This should have been done during the Bush administration. Just one more mess President Obama is trying to correct.

    January 2, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. EJ

    Thank goodness for this bill to help the first responders; partisan politics almost stopped it from happening, and that would've been criminal.

    January 2, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. steve

    @ planet2012: I'm happy you can afford health care! Many people can't and even though the healthcare bill wasn't perfect from the beginning it's a start to real change. It may take a decade before everything is much better, but we will get there. Just have patience.

    January 2, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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