BROOKLYN - Sept. 11 first responders in Brooklyn are calling the passage of the health care bill a Christmas miracle.

Yesterday, Congress passed the health care bill that will provide $4.2 million in aid to workers who got sick after breathing in toxic dust from Ground Zero.

The fire commissioner says the medical monitoring program the FDNY uses has about 15,000 firefighters enrolled in it and that the bill will ensure that the program continues now that more firefighters are coming down with illnesses related to Sept. 11.

Brooklyn residents are also delighted by the passage of the bill. Many told News 12 Brooklyn that they feel it took too long to get to this point.

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