Ted Kennedy

Nick Benton's Corner: When Teddy Took On His Own Party

by Nicholas Benton, owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press and posted with his permission.

>For as much as had been written and said about the remarkable legacy of the late Sen. Teddy Kennedy following his death last month, his willingness to take strong and principled stands against the leadership of his own party was among his most enduring contributions.

Ted Kennedy's Dying Wish

Reprinted from JRichard's Gather blog. -- GH

Ted Kennedy's dying wish is no secret. He wanted to vote to bring in health care reform.

The right wing and the insurance industry denied him his dying wish. They played delaying tactics until he died. They spread lie after lie after lie about health care reform to try and stop it, and they kept delaying passage. "What is the rush?" Well, the reason for the rush is obvious. It was really always obvious. Ted Kennedy was dying, and everyone knew it. He was the biggest supporter of health care. It was his life work. It would cut into insurance company profits if he succeeded. If they could just delay things until after he was dead, things would be SO much easier for them.

But right now I need to introduce you to three of my friends. Don't worry. They are all safely dead, and have been for many years.

The Public Health Insurance Option: Trigger-Happy?

by Tim Foley 

New York Times health care policy uber-scribe Robert Pear
has a report today on what’s shaping up not only to be the main fault line in the debate in Congress.  A public health insurance option that would compete directly with private insurance was part of the Obama campaign plan, is strongly supported in the House and even more strongly supported in the details that have circulated of Sen. Kennedy’s plan in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  The Senate Finance Committee is a different story – they’ve gone trigger-happy.

The best quote in the piece is from Sen. Charles Schumer, who says, “It’s pretty certain that Senator Kennedy could not support the Baucus plan, and Senator Baucus could not support the Kennedy plan.”  Such a conflict was going to be inevitable on some detail or other.  The House is considered more progressive than the Senate, but Kennedy’s HELP Committee is traditionally very progressive, reflecting the character of its chairman.  As I wrote earlier this week, the details that leaked from the Kennedy draft, “tilts the emergency health care Congressional consensus away from a watered-down center and decidedly to the left.”  So it was only a matter of time before Kennedy disagreed with Sen. Max Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee.  Much like its chair, the Finance Committee tends to be more moderate and more consensus-focused.  One gets the impression that getting a health care bill with 75 votes -- or even just one that doesn’t tick off ranking Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley -- is just as important to Baucus as getting the best policy.(continued below)

Obama Regarding Ted Kennedy: "I Stand on his Shoulders"

There has been an outpouring of support for Senator Ted Kennedy as the sad news was delivered today, of Kennedy's malignant brain tumor.

Senator Ted Kennedy recently endorsed Barack Obama. "I know what America can achieve, I've seen it. I've lived it. And with Barack Obama, we can do it again," Kennedy said.

Senator Kennedy has "lived it." Considered the most effective Senator, he has led the way in the fight for social justice and is responsible for the passage of some of the most critical legislation of our time.

Hoping for a full recovery: Senator Ted Kennedy suffers siezure, hospitalized

We are all hoping for a quick and complete recovery for Senator Ted Kennedy today:


Spokeswoman: Sen. Kennedy hospitalized with seizure

Associated Press Writers

BOSTON (AP) -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy had a seizure at his home and was hospitalized Saturday, his spokeswoman said.

The Massachusetts Democrat did not appear to have had a stroke as initially suspected, Kennedy spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said. She said he is undergoing tests at Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the cause of the seizure.

"Senator Kennedy is resting comfortably, and it is unlikely we will know anything more for the next 48 hours," she said.

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