Stewart: I thought we already took care of this...

"The Daily Show" host shares outrage that the 9/11 responders health care bill won't cover cancer


Natasha Lennard
July 29, 2011 4:30PM (UTC)

Late last year, Jon Stewart unabashedly put activism above comedy in his support of the Zadroga bill -- the health care bill that provides medical treatment for 9/11 first responders.

The bill passed, but Stewart still has reason for outrage. It was announced Tuesday that the compensation fund will not cover the costs of cancer treatment.

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Administrators say that there are inadequate "published scientific and medical findings" that a causal link exists between 9/11 exposures and the occurrence of cancer in responders and survivors. A number of medical experts have argued otherwise.

"I thought we already took care of this sh*t," said Stewart on Thursday night, astounded that the fund covers coughing, laryngitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome -- but not cancer -- "The one disease you seem to disproportionately be getting."

Watch the clip below:

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Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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