Teddy K’s Enduring Legacy

So it is said he’s seizing the moment.  An auspicious moment at that, from any perspective.

I have no idea who these Kaiser folks are.  Seem concerned with Health Policy writ large, which tends to make me consider them rather less politically biased than might be expected at, say, HillaryIs44.com.  Whoever they are, they have this story about Teddy K drafting some legislation for universal health care.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has “secretly been orchestrating” and overseeing meetings with members of both parties to draft health care legislation to present to the new president and Congress next year that would extend health insurance to all U.S. residents, the Washington Times reports. The “wide-ranging talks,” which Kennedy has monitored through telephone updates from his staff, have included 14 round table meetings attended by Kennedy aides and staffers for both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate Budget Committee, Senate Finance Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, chaired by Kennedy. The talks also were attended by representatives from a “panoply of interests groups with stakes in the cost and availability of health coverage,” including the AFL-CIO, Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Business, the National Retail Federation, Federation of American Hospitals, the American Medical Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Families USA, AARP and Consumers Union, according to the Times. In addition, Kennedy aides have started meeting regularly with consumers and small groups of people representing each area of the health care industry.

I hope it’s a good bill with all sides onside.  I hope it works.  I have only one request in consideration of future American political harmony:  Make sure Hillary’s name is on it, for fuck sakes…Please!
Have some meetings, a joint press conference.
Jebus, Teddy!  Don’t fix health care in America without getting Hillary’s name on it.  You don’t have to change a comma…you just have to consult her…take into consideration…harness that obsession. 
The Kennedy-Clinton Health Care Reform Act.

Universal health care, cradle to grave – it’s the right thing to do.
Being generous is the icing and that one extra candle for good luck.

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One Response

  1. I couldn’t agree more on including Clinton’s name. She kept the issue at the forefront and her passion for it seemed to be the main issue that drove her. I had my own issues with her in other areas but this is one that she owns and I admire her for that.

    And thanks for the update on what Ted’s up to between violent episodes of chemo-sickness. What a great guy.

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