Ted Kennedy called health care reform the "greatest cause
" of his life
and his mission to see it through consumed his last years in the
Senate. With Congressional debate over health care raging, will
Kennedy's passing affect the politics of reform? Perhaps just as
significant, would such a thing be appropriate?
- Bipartisan Spirit
Republican colleagues in the Senate, many of whom served with Kennedy
for decades, may put aside partisanship in memory of their old friend.
"Orrin Hatch, and other Republicans who worked with Kennedy, might
be in a more expansive mood to compromise," wrote The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder. "Kennedy would probably
encourage such speculation and not find it unseemly -- so important to
him was the goal of getting something done, this year, under this
- Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill That's what Anne Laurie would like to see,
despite conservative objections that, as she put it, "Teddy’s death should not be used
as an opportunity by crass liberals to
pass the kind of serious health care reform he spent the last thirty
years championing." Laurie called for supporters of reform to "twist
whatever arms, ears, or other parts are necessary to get a good strong
comprehensive bill passed and signed, NOW. We owe the memory of a great man no less."
- Kennedy's Death No Free Pass Ann Althouse cautioned
that Democrats will use Kennedy's passing to push through reform
despite opposition. "Teddy Kennedy's death will be used to rekindle the
old argument that we need to shut up and hurry up about health care
reform," she wrote. "So I assume." Althouse asked, "Is the death of
Teddy Kennedy a sufficiently powerful event to counter the opposition
to the health care bill?
Stop the ACLU, a conservative blog, rounded up
discussion on liberal politics message boards, much of which focused on
a "Kennedy Memorial Health Care Reform Bill." Stop the ACLU concluded,
"Liberals Already Using Senator Kennedy’s Passing For Their Agenda."
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