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August 26, 2009

Let's Honor Ted Kennedy By Defeating Universal Coverage, Like He Himself Did in the Seventies

The best chance for such a thing, ever, and Kennedy blocked it.

In Kennedy's mind, all of these achievements paled next to his long-deferred dream of national health insurance. When President Nixon proposed a plan for universal coverage that would have delighted Democrats in later years, Kennedy, who long backed a government plan, led the opposition, a move he later regretted. So he moved to partial reforms, but even here he was often disappointed. His hopes of a major restructuring were dashed in the early 1990s with the defeat of Bill and Hillary Clinton's health-care initiative.

Slublog notes that health care seems not to have been Kennedy's most cherished dream. Mindless partisanship was.

So let's win one for Teddy. Let us call ourselves the Ted Kennedy Memorial Single-Payer Opposition and Capitalist Private Health-Care Supporting Movement.

Ouch: Treacher clever:

“If they’re going to talk about Camelot, then we get to talk about The Lady in the Lake.”

Thanks to Dave in Texas.

Shock: Devall "19% Approval" Patrick Would Support a Change in Kennedy's Previous Law to Allow an Appointed Successor/Regent: Kennedy, remember, changed the old law taking away then-governor Romney's ability to appoint an interim senator.

Just before he died Kennedy insisted that it be changed again, because Massachusetts needs two Senators, which it didn't need three or four years ago.

Rumor has it -- I'm out on a limb here, but I'll pass the rumor along anyway -- that Kennedy's and the Masshole Dems' change of thinking may be somehow tangentially related to the fact that Romeny is a Republican and Patrick is a Democrat.

Thanks to D-i-T again.

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