The lion of the Senate, Senator Ted Kennedy has succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 77. In his service to the people of America, he fought tirelessly for those with the least, the poor, the elderly, children, and the sick.
He wrote recently on Universal Health Care in the July 2009 issue of Newsweek:
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.” Newsweek July 18, 2009