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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-04-08 07:38 PM
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Thompson Awarded Contract To Treat First Responders After He Failed to Protect Them on 9/11
Edited on Wed Jun-04-08 07:43 PM by DogPoundPup
Tommy Thompson served as President Bushs Secretary of Health and Human Services from January 2001 to 2005. It was during his tenure, after the 9/11 attacks, that the Bush administration largely ignored the health risks facing first responders at the World Trade Center site.

Doctors concluded that the dust there was basically a toxic soup, leading to serious health problems for workers. Then-EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman was also accused of lying about the air quality. Approximately 40,000 people were exposed to the dust, and 71,000 have enrolled in a long-term health monitoring program for people with and without health problems.

Many of these first responders have since been unable to attain health coverage from either their insurers or the U.S. government. As the AP notes, Thompson was criticized for not doing enough to help these workers.

Yet apparently, the Bush administration believes Thompson did a hecukva job dealing with the aftermath of 9/11. The Centers for Disease Control has awarded Thompson an $11 million contract to treat some of those very same workers who became sick on Thompsons watch:

The contract awarded by the Centers for Disease Control is aimed at tracking the health of between 4,000 and 6,000 workers who live outside the New York City area, where a separate health monitoring program is in place. The CDC is part of the Health and Human Services Department, which Thompson headed in Bushs first term.

Internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press show that the one-year contract went to Logistics Health, Inc., a La Crosse, Wis.-based company where Thompson is president.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) responded, It is ironic that former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompsons firm won the contract to provide the services, given the history of delay from the Bush administration when he was secretary and now.
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