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August 26, 2009

Democrats Already Using Ted Kennedy’s Death To Push ObamaCare

by Doug Mataconis

Well, that didn’t take long at all:

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Wednesday to push through embattled health reform legislation this year following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, who called the effort “the cause of my life”.

“Ted Kennedy?s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration,” Pelosi said in a statement.

President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to provide health insurance to all Americans, the top domestic priority of his administration, has met with stiff public and political opposition amid concerns over the costs of the plan and the role of government in providing medical care.

Pelosi, one of Obama’s top Democratic allies, was reminding Americans that reforming the health care system was a cause dear to the heart of Kennedy, who died late Tuesday after losing a long battle with brain cancer.

“Sadly, Senator Kennedy left us exactly one year after he inspired the nation with his speech of optimism, vitality, and courage at the Convention in Denver,” she said.

And Robert Byrd, the remaining geriatric Senate basket case, has this to say:

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the only senator to have served longer than the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), mourned his friend Wednesday, saying his “heart and soul weeps.”

Byrd said he hoped healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy.

“I had hoped and prayed that this day would never come,” Byrd said in a statement. “My heart and soul weeps at the lost of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy.”

Byrd’s wistful statement focused on the work accomplished with Kennedy during decades together in the Senate, and called on the healthcare bill before Congress to be renamed in honor of Kennedy.

“In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American,” Byrd said.

Dear lord, people, at least let the body cool down.

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4 Comments

  1. The Lion…Err Dog of the Senate.
    “Teddy Kennedy was the weak kitten in the litter, never able to measure up to his brothers.
    The accident at Chappaquiddick displayed his chronic immaturity. One problem Teddy has always had was keeping it in his pants – even when other people are around.”
    - Cleo O’Donnell – wife of former Kennedy campaign aide.
    Check out my take, and stick around for more good content.
    http://libertarianhumor.com/2009/08/26/the-lion-err-dog-of-the-senate/

    Comment by BigEdsBlog — August 27, 2009 @ 5:23 am
  2. Funny they neglect to mention the fact that the Health Care System we have now is the brain child of Kennedy. In 1971 Senator Ted Kennedy held hearings on what was termed the “Health Care Crisis in America”. Kennedy had this to say:

    “I have strongly advocated passage of legislation to assist the development of health maintenance organizations as a viable and competitive alternative to fee-for-service practice. . . . This bill represents the first initiative by the Federal Government which attempts to come to grips directly with the problems of fragmentation and disorganization in the health care industry. . . . I believe that the HMO is the best idea put forth so far for containing costs and improving the organization and the delivery of health-care services.”

    The HMO Act of 1973 was signed into law on December 29, 1973. The Author of the HMO Act was Senator Ted Kennedy. To help the HMO’s gain market share from private insurers Congress provided a total of 375 million dollars in subsidies (remember these are 1973 dollars), and forced employers of 25 or more employees to offer HMO’s. The HMO Act also trumped state laws that prohibited physicians from receiving payments for not providing care. In the Supreme Court Case of Pegram vs. Herdrich Justice Souter wrote for the court:

    “no HMO organization could survive without some incentive connecting physician reward with treatment rationing.”

    Comment by Randy — August 27, 2009 @ 5:40 am
  3. Apparently Huckabee didn’t hesitate using Kennedy’s name to spread misinformation http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/28/huckabee-kennedy-would-ha_n_271605.html

    Comment by Ben — August 29, 2009 @ 3:11 pm
  4. He was a privileged troll who bought his way through life with family money. To say that Teddy Kennedy every earned anything at all, other than the scorn of his fellow man, would be a joke. The world is a better place with his departure.

    Comment by Dr.D — August 29, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

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