Obama signs 9/11 health bill
January 2nd, 2011
03:50 PM ET
12 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.


Filed under: 9/11 • Health care • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Quentin Sterling

    Honestly, what was everyone thinking when Obama promised to increase the quality of health care while reducing health care costs? It seems a lot of people fell off the rhubarb truck on that one, believing the impossible. Come on folks, wakey wakey. Nothing comes for free.

    January 2, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. The ILL-DaDa™

    And all he had to do was make sure that the tax rates for the rich remain exceptionally low ensuring that the government operates at a deficit for many years to come AND passes debt to our children and grandchildren

    In exchange for that, the Republicans dropped their unified opposition to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, provides health coverage to first responders to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, who have been battling for federal help for years.

    January 2, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. shorttimer

    @Anne Beal – this has NOTHING to do with workmans comp. this LAW was about giving us proper medical care & compensation for our illnesses.

    @samantha – those who were given money before are not part of this. the taxpayers are NOT bearing this burden. get your facts straight.

    @Emerald Daee – ALL of those who responded that day will be covered. NOT JUST NY. get your facts straight also.

    January 2, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. sharon

    Thank you Mr.Pres. for signing the bill. Now everybody can get healthcare and the insurance company can now stop denying pre-condition. Too many Americans are without healthcare do to jobs lost. Next step is getting our jobs back and stop the Republicans sending our jobs overseas.

    January 2, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. NC

    he is still and will always be a weak president.....he needs to be replaced by a more experienced, business knowledgeable Republican....adding in some military experience and you have a new president in 2012.

    January 2, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. curling777

    Took a long time coming but, thank god its here.

    January 2, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Albo

    The deeds of these New York Union workers was admirable, but it does NOT warrant federal taxpayer dollars as an award! If anyone should pay this bill, and do note I find it hard to imagine that Union workers didn't have cadillac health care insurance, then let the state and city of New York open their coffers!

    January 2, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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