Trump Admin caught stealing from healthcare fund for firefighters who responded to 9/11


Maisel, Todd, NY Daily News

The Trump administration has secretly siphoned nearly $4 million away from a program that tracks and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses, the Daily News has learned.

The Treasury Department mysteriously started withholding parts of payments — nearly four years ago — meant to cover medical services for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics treated by the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program, documents obtained by The News reveal.

The payments were authorized and made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which oversees the program. But instead of sending the funds to the city, the Treasury started keeping some of the money.

Now that the theft is public, the inevitable textbook of lies and excuses are starting to roll out. Some of them are truly fantastic fiction of the worst kind. None of them are believable. Even Trump’s persistent incompetence hardly begins to cover this.

One thought on “Trump Admin caught stealing from healthcare fund for firefighters who responded to 9/11

  1. Sacrifical pawns says:

    (10/16/20): Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reportedly admitted in a letter sent last Thursday to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that the department has withheld approximately $3.92 million since 2004 from the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) fund for 9/11 first responders, according to CNN.
    CNN reported that the letter states New York City was provided with accounts of all debts dating back to 2004, although the letter does not specifically detail them.
    “New York City firefighters are waiting on Secretary Mnuchin to act,” a spokesperson for De Blasio told CNN. “If the Trump administration supports first responders and the fearless men and women who keep Americans safe, then it’s time for them to prove it.”
    In last week’s letter, Mnuchin reportedly said that while it was wrong that FDNY workers were being denied services because of the funding disputes, he claimed it was up to the city to address the situation.
    “HHS has concluded that it has no authority to refund offsets to past payments to FDNY to satisfy valid NYC debts,” Mnuchin wrote. “We agree that it is unfair to burden FDNY with the delinquent debts of other NYC government entities. The City government should directly reimburse FDNY.”
    The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Friday. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/521363-mnuchin-acknowledges-treasury-withheld-nearly-4m-from-fdny-9-11

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