Its ironic that in the wake of the death of the most liberal of senators, the Democratic leadership is channeling Ronald Reagan. They are out there saying, "lets go out and pass health care for Teddy, it was his dream.
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.
"We will achieve real health care reform thanks to the groundwork he laid," Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said.
"His tireless efforts have brought us to the threshold of real health care reform," former President Clinton said.
"As we move forward with health reform legislation, his absence will be palpable," said House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. "But let us use his inspirational words as our guide, to rise to our best ideals and finally provide decent quality health care to all Americans as a fundamental right, not a privilege."
"He fought to the very end for the cause of his life -- ensuring that all Americans have the health care they need," said Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
Kennedy’s passing, Al Franken said, “just makes me more determined to get it done.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked Kennedy's own words, the "dream shall never die," in calling on colleagues to pick up where Kennedy left off.
"As we mourn his loss, we rededicate ourselves to the causes for which he so dutifully dedicated his life," he said. SourceUnder the health care plan with the public option that Teddy Kennedy was trying to push on the American people, most Americans would not have had the same level of treatment for brain cancer that the Senator did. Of course if you were like Kennedy and had enough money to pay for your own treatments, then you could receive comparable care.
This Saturday, President Obama will give the eulogy at Ted Kennedy's funeral, it is certain that within the flowery prose, the POTUS will urge the Congress to complete Kennedy's work, and go out and kill grandma for