August 31, 2009

Ted Kennedy on Health Care Reform





"This is the cause of my life. It is a key reason that I defied my illness last summer to speak at the Democratic convention in Denver — to support Barack Obama, but also to make sure, as I said, "that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American ... will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege." For four decades I have carried this cause — from the floor of the United States Senate to every part of this country. It has never been merely a question of policy; it goes to the heart of my belief in a just society. Now the issue has
more meaning for me — and more urgency — than ever before. But it's always been deeply personal, because the importance of health care has been a recurrent lesson throughout most of my 77 years.

Ted Kennedy

3 comments:

Regina said...

The health care debate will definitely be missing this voice up on the hill...
Obama lost a strong ally.

Villager said...

Regina - I'm hopeful that Democrats in congress realize how important it is for them to stand together to get health care reform passed in the next few weeks?

teamowens313 said...

This is such a huge loss Villager. And I am hoping the exact same thing as you that the Democrats re-discover the steel in their spines and get this thing done.