The Only Hillary Health Story That Matters Now

One of Hillary Clinton's biggest accomplishments in the Senate cannot be overlooked this week, as America remembers the 9/11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.


"After 9/11, I said, The government didn't tell the truth. They told people that the air was safe. It wasn't," Clinton announced in an ad shown during the Democratic National Convention in which survivors praised Clinton's work.

"I was catastrophically burned over 82 percent of my body," said survivor Lauren Manning, then a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald in lower Manhattan.

"My chances of survival, next to zero," Manning continued. "Hillary Clinton stood with me through that fight ... Hillary showed up. She walked into my hospital room and she took my bandaged hand into her own. For years, she visited, called and continues to check in because Hillary cares. When I needed her, she was there. When our first responders needed her, she was there. When New York needed her, she was there."

As a New York senator, Clinton created the 911 Health and Compensation Act, which funded health care for first responders and others who suffered from health-related issues due to the poisonous rubble. She also secured $20 billion from the Bush administration to rebuild downtown New York after the terrorist attacks. And four years later, she led the effort to save 9/11 first responder funds, $125 million, which would have been eliminated under President Bush's 2006 budget.

"When we needed someone to speak for us, to stand with us, to fight on our behalf, Hillary Clinton was with us every step of the way," Joe Sweeney, an NYPD detective who served on 9/11, announced at the DNC. 

"A lot of people moved on, they thought everything was fine, but Hillary Clinton kept in touch and kept at it. ... Ten years later Hillary was still our toughest champion making sure we still got our health benefits," Sweeney added. 

"There is considerable evidence that she has been active on issues to help and protect the workers," Politifact reported in response to a 2007 Clinton campaign ad, which aired in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton has agreed not to campaign on 9/11 or run ads on 9/11 per the request of the non-profit 9/11 Day. Donald Trump has yet to comment. 

And that part about the government not being truthful about the air quality? She's right.

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