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The Firefighters Trying to Save Colorado Homes Don't Have Health Insurance


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: America's Shame, Gr$$d, Abusers of power, congress, republicans, democrats )

Barbara
- 882 days ago - dailykos.com
As Colorado goes up in flames, & the Republican wing of the Supreme Court writes the dismantling of Obamacare, the men and women hired by the federal government to fight wildfire are risking life and limb. Many are doing it without health coverage.



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Barbara W. (342)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 4:43 pm
I wonder how many homes these brave hearts are trying to save belong to those who would "Dare" deny fire fighters health care! America's Shame!
 

Elle B. (82)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 5:15 pm
Thank-you for posting this Barbara ~ Signed the Petition asking for legislation that will make these firefighters eligible for federal health insurance.

What on earth is wrong with Americans? How can so many go along with all this budget cutting nonsense while many of the largest corporations have record profits? We are bleeding each other--our heritage--our nation to death. Oh, I suppose the grand wizard CEO's are going to suddenly appear and wave their magical market wands--instantly creating millions of new sustainable living wage jobs with affordable health coverage and retirement benefits? Yeah...just like they have been . . .right? For whoever believes that. . .i know where you can get star dust, too. . .prime real estate...with incredible breathtaking panoramic views...alpine lakes...mountain meadows...for pennies on the dollar...many in majestic Upper Dir.
[Special Note: pay no attention to those recent news reports of the beheaded...i don't know why they keep print that. . .]

“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.” ― William Shakespeare
 

Elle B. (82)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 5:18 pm
Correction: ... i don't know why they keep PRINTING that. . .]
 

Elle B. (82)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 5:23 pm
"Labor rights are as fundamental as human rights and the job of a democratic country is to protect both." — Tony Ehreneich

"Every tax, however, is, to the person who pays it, a badge, not of slavery, but of liberty." —Adam Smith [Father of Free Market Economics]

"Business knows no pity, and cares for justice only when justice is seen to be better policy. If it had power to control the elements, it would grasp in its iron clutches the waters, sunshine and air and resell them by measure, and at exorbitant prices to the millions of famished men, women and children." — W.A. Duncan, in the Cherokee Advocate, 1892

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29






 

AWAYNOW M. (463)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 3:34 am
Goodness, Firefighters in California have insurance....this Colorado fire has gotten so big...Prayers for all Care2 members that are living around this area! Prayers for the firefighters!
 

Virginia Esquer (8)
Friday June 29, 2012, 2:41 am
there is a petition in the site for to pass for the Colorado firefighters to have health insurance. prayers and good vibration for the people and the furry babies that this inferno will end soon.
 

Robby R. (15)
Friday June 29, 2012, 3:48 am
Not cool
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 29, 2012, 3:57 am
Noted.
 

Noreen Niamath (3)
Friday June 29, 2012, 10:32 am
This is crazy, first responders should have the best of everything their country has to offer.
 

Kate Kenner (206)
Friday June 29, 2012, 1:24 pm
This is pretty outrageous. they are supposed to come when called, risk their lives, and if they get hurt, well, tough luck. I often say that I am really an animal person but seeing things like this just are maddening. The powers that be seem have a little too much power (way too much really and forget that not everyone has the money and access to resources that they have. The state of Colorado ought to be ashamed of themselves. Meanwhile the same powers that be are probably eating expensive lunches in outrageously priced restaurants even as the fires are raging and the fire fighters are on the front lines.
 

Avril Lomas (0)
Friday June 29, 2012, 1:58 pm
Just wait a while . Mr. Romney pledges to cut jobs for firefighters,cops and teachers.So Colorado,New Mexico and any other state facing wildfires can just go to hell and burn!(and Americans are seriously considering that this rich turkey is in any way fit to run the country,!!)
My advice to such public employees.IF you are called to protect any of Mr Romney,s mansions from fire. Save all the animals and workers and ley the damn place burn!
 

Charlie Rush (60)
Friday June 29, 2012, 3:38 pm
What person in their right mind, believes that legislators, who can easily afford their own personal healthcare, deserve governmet sponsered healthcare MORE THAN fire fighters.
When was the last time our senators and/or representatives went to work(?) fearing for their life?

The Republicans are caught between a rock and a hard spot. This healthcare issue is now, FRONT & CENTER, and they can't change it. The bugs are coming out of the woodwork.

One must giggle with excitement, when Romney talks about eliminating Obamacare. His changes are not changes at all. The provisions he wants to implement, are almost exactly what is currently, in Obamacare, as we speak. Either, he thinks we don't pay attention, or we have terrible memories.

Gotta love it.
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Friday June 29, 2012, 4:12 pm
Signed and Noted, Thank You Barbara.
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday June 29, 2012, 4:15 pm
Signed--thanks Barbara.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 29, 2012, 4:18 pm
They will when the affordable health care act kicks in. I love my $20 a month health insurance. Thank you, Democrats! :)
 

Catherine Turley (193)
Friday June 29, 2012, 6:52 pm
signed and shared the fb link.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 5:38 am
Two things, first there are 'firefighters' and 'forest/wild firefighters' and most of the time they are not the same people. The 'firefighter' every one thinks of and Repug/Tea Baggers hate because of their Unions and/or because they are evil Government Employees that like teachers and police prove that government does actually create not only jobs but necessary jobs are the first responders that put out house fires, business fires and industrial/corporate fires and only occasionally fight wild fires when they threaten people, homes and cities. The Smoke Jumpers and wild fire fighting ground troops are "Seasonal First Responders" that deal with forest and wild fires in order to save our forests, grass lands, wild life reserves, State parks, National parks and monuments and all of the jobs and natural resources that entails. But they are only employed seasonally when and where needed, essentially part time employees that get no health care benefit regardless of their personal physical risk. You must remember the fury with which Repugs fought covering the 9/11 first responders while at the same time using them and their heroic actions for political gain.
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 10:21 am
''SIGNED''....thanks Barbara!
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 8:25 pm
I signed, but this is all piece meal we are doing, cover the First Responders at 9/11 now these brave men and women who risk their lives. This is another reason we need a Universal Health Care system in this Country. I do not know why the people of this Country are not breaking down the doors to the bastille, for they risk their lives with no health care while others are robbing us blind from Wall St. and getting the best health care there is. Who knows, some of the homes they save may be the criminals vacation homes; the 1% are so ungrateful.
 
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