…please pass the 1000+ page healthcare bill that no one in Congress has read.

The man is not yet cold in his grave, and the left are already touting the use of Kennedy’s name, as suggested by Sen Byrd, to further their agenda.

Liberal political action committee, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC has created a website to petition such a change, by saying the following:

“Ted Kennedy was a courageous champion for health care reform his entire life. In his honor, name the reform bill that passed Kennedy’s health committee ‘The Kennedy Bill’ — then pass it, and nothing less, through the Senate.”

Moveon.org hasn’t wasted any time:

let’s re-commit ourselves to achieving the thing that mattered most to him: Quality, affordable health care for every single American

Former Vice President Al Gore:

“Ted would want nothing more than for his colleagues to continue his life’s work and to make real his dream of quality health care for all Americans.”

An article from the Washington Times states:

there is no more fitting way to honor the legacy of this prolific public servant than by fulfilling what he called the “cause of my life.”

Even a grandson at this morning’s funeral offered an intercession including

……(Kennedy wanted) In every part of this land that every American will have decent quality healthcare as a fundamental right and not a privilege.

Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, urged that Congress “win one for Teddy” by passing the bill.


Why waste a “crisis”, right? As if shoving this ginormous bill down our throats with a sense of urgency wasn’t painful enough, we now witness a pathetic effort to use Kennedy’s death to further the left’s political fortunes. A mere opportunistic ploy in desperation to advance an agenda. A simple name change doesn’t alter the horrific nature of this bill. Whether we call it H.R. 3200 or Kennedycare it’s still an attempt for government takeover of our healthcare……that will cause disaster already seen in our neighbor to the north and European friends across the Atlantic.

It’s actually somewhat humorous that they would choose to rename a doomed bill after the “lion” of the Congress, the “soul of the Democratic Party”….as Obama calls him. Naming it after one of the most liberal politicians in Washington will only procure its demise.

Kennedy’s “valiant struggle with a mortal illness,” to quote Mr. Obama, would have been sped up under the Democrats’ prescription for the rest of us. Had he been subject to Obamacare, he might have been given a blue pill “for the pain” and sent home. He would have been deemed unworthy of the costly treatments because the money would have been seen as more properly spent on someone half his age.

Count on the Dems to take advantage of the passing of one of their own as one last fatal attempt to ratify a controversial bill; a bill that is causing great uproar across the nation. Let’s not have the Wellstone effect of abusing the death of this senator as a rallying cry for “change”.


  • http://twitter.com/theatomicmom East of Eden

    All of the Kennedy-palooza on the TV made me miss the Michael Jackson wall to wall coverage…not joking here. Kennedey made me sick…he could have confessed to the Holy Father himself, he still was a murderer and should have been in jail. This legislation still stinks on ice.

  • Red State Eddio

    If Obama was smart, he’d slap Teddy’s name on it and salute it as it goes down in flames. Then he could start over completely and craft something more to the liking of most Americans.

    The only problem is that approach rails against his narcissism. So on the slim off-chance it might actually survive, he’d not have his iconic moment – and we can’t have that happening.

    My guess is that is a real dilemma he’s struggling with right now.

    • Gary Russell

      As Kelly Bundy once stated…

      “He’s on the horns of an enema.”

  • Red State Eddio

    Hey, if it’s guaranteed that I’d be getting the same policy and quality of care as Teddy, then sign me up.

    Oh, what’s that? That’s only for Congressmen and families? Hmmm…

    • kristen

      No, see, we’re just mere peasantry. We can’t be allowed the same privileges as the lofty “noblemen”. And they can’t be expected to be subject to the same laws and guidelines as the laborers. They’re above that.

  • Gary Russell

    In lieu of flowers, please pass the “Mary Jo Kopechne Bill”.

    It provides a free government-issue personal flotation device to every man, woman, or child in America.

    That way, they have a better chance of living to NEED health insurance.

    • Gil Rice

      Excellent plan!!!!The TFD for every one.

    • kristen

      Or how about laws that hold a person responsible for someone’s death? Oh wait…..we have some of those. So how did Teddy not take responsibility for Mary Jo? Must be the last name. It’s like one of those ‘get out of jail free’ cards.

      • David Kaiser, Editor

        Honestly, all of you that call his past sins into his death are just a joke.

        What he did was inexcusible, and he said so.

        He confessed his sins as a Catholic, he received the last rites and died in a state of grace.

        • Troy La Mana

          He confessed his sins as a Catholic, he received the last rites and died in a state of disgrace.

          There, fixed it for you.

          • Gary Russell

            Very accurate fix there, Troy!

        • Gary Russell

          A “joke” you say?
          He “confessed”, did he?

          I’m not a judge of his “state of grace” (neither are you, by the way), but I’m not blind to his “state of mind” – exhibited by his policies and actions.

          Teddy almost never came down on the side of the church on any issue – we could start with abortion and move on from there.

          His “confession” and “remorse” seemed to me to reside in the fact that the incident kept him from the presidency – not that he caused the girl’s death.

          I draw your attention back to a post from our esteemed editor:

          “I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, ‘have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?’ That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.”

          -Ed Klein, former Newsweek editor

          • Gary Russell

            (By “esteemed editor”, I was referring to Jason = not Ed Klein!!)

            • David Kaiser, Editor

              I surrender. If you want to be a hateful, bitter right winger, I can’t stop ya!

              • Gary Russell

                Not hateful.

                Not bitter.

                Not even judgmental except in the fact that he was a public, elected official in a position to change/damage my country by his terrible policy ideas.

                If he were Joe Blow from Boston, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

                Pointing out hypocrisy in elected officials is not “hate”, unless handled poorly.

                As stated earlier, if I were showing up at his wake with sign and a bullhorn then, yes, I would be a hatefilled old coot.

                But, I didn’t and I’m not.

                Sorry if you think that.

                In happier tones…college football starts this weekend!!

                In honor of that late Teddy K, I’ll wish Boston College luck this weekend. (I’d wish it for Notre Dame, too, but I can’t bring myself to do it.)

                Lighten up, Kaiser! Are you related to the late, great Teddy?

              • David Kaiser, Editor

                Gary, the bitter hate thing was firmly tongue in cheek. No, Teddy wasn’t kin, my original post was trying to separate politics and people.

                And I’m excited for college football season myself. My Temple Owls have a strong chance at a winning record, could contend for the MAC title, and may even reach a bowl game this year!

              • Red State Eddio

                I just picked myself up off the floor from laughing too hard. You’re killin’ me!

              • Gary Russell

                Go Temple!

                I used to follow their scores back when Bobby Wallace was their coach.

                He was the HC at the U of North Alabama back when I was in college.
                Didn’t look like he had as much success in D-1, though.

        • kristen

          So, a simple hail-Mary cleans the slate, huh? Confession = Dismissal. Wow. Yeah, I’m sure Mary Jo’s parents felt the same.

          I don’t think we’re bitter right-wingers; just looking for justice.

  • Troy La Mana

    I would be shocked if they hadn’t have used his death in this manner.