Approximately 50,000 would be covered for 10 years under plan

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First responders to the 9/11 attacks became unwittingly caught up in election-year partisanship on Tuesday as a House panel considered healthcare for those sickened by exposure to the World Trade Center site.

The Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the bill largely along party lines, with Democrats saying first responders had earned the guarantee of medical care and Republicans saying another entitlement program is far beyond the government’s spending reach.

Full Story: Dems say 9/11 first responders have earned guaranteed healthcare – TheHill.com.