Jon Stewart came back from his farm in the country to do some light impassioned advocacy on Capitol Hill today. The former Comedy Central host stood alongside first responders for a press conference addressing the White House’s plans to reorganize health care for 9/11 first responders.
Stewart has been an advocate for the issue for years, and he addressed President Trump directly, New York guy to New York guy.
Stewart called out Trump for having been a vocal supporter of the 9/11 first responders in his civilian days.
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“It’s a very simple thing. I’m sure he could put a stop to it this afternoon if he wanted to. And so I would urge him to do so,” Stewart said.
The plan in question has supervision of the health care program for 9/11 first responders being transferred out of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which oversees worker health and safety. The program administers care for cancer and other occupational hazards faced by the first responders exposed to hazardous materials at the World Trade Center site.
The Administration claims that the reorganization of the program – which would put it under the auspices of the CDC – would have no impact on the delivery of services. But Stewart and advocates see it as a needless step to take that could inadvertently affect the beneficiaries of the program.
The idea seems to have come from White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
Jon Stewart worried that this plan could make life harder for people who suffered as a result of a heroic sacrifice.
He said, “one guy screws everything up,” it would become known as “pulling a Mulvaney.”