How Will Kennedy's Death Affect Reform?

How will the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy affect health-care reform?

Posted by Rachel Saslow on August 26, 2009 10:14 AM

Sen. Kennedy's Unique Gift

It is highly unlikely that any current leader can single-handedly do what Kennedy would have done. However, sometimes groups of leaders will emerge to fill a vacuum, and that could certainly happen here.

Posted by Michael Critelli, on August 28, 2009 4:17 PM

Replacing This Fallen Hero

Ted Kennedy's declining health, not his death, has already exerted major influence in health reform.

Posted by Mark Kelley, on August 27, 2009 9:32 PM

What Now?

The cancer community in particular will sorely miss him.

Posted by Doug Ulman, on August 27, 2009 12:02 PM

Kennedy Reminds Us Whom We Are Fighting For

In a nation as prosperous as ours, it is wrong, simply wrong, that millions of children and the elderly do not have access to good health care. These were the people Kennedy fought for.

Posted by Vivek Murthy, on August 27, 2009 11:35 AM

Listen to Kennedy's 1980 Speech -- and Rally

While Senator Kennedy's death was expected, it still comes as a shock. I hope that shock is sufficient to rally progressives of all stripes, to come together and make an unswerving commitment to true health-care reform.

Posted by Maggie Mahar, on August 27, 2009 10:16 AM

Do the Right Thing

Will his mandate pass away in the night? Or will his booming voice continue to ring true as legislators drag themselves back from a summer recess where it seems more was lost than was gained?

Posted by Chris T. Pernell, on August 27, 2009 4:23 AM

A Leader Committed to Health Reform

The Senate will be a smaller and sadder place without his enthusiasm, his energy and his persistent courage.

Posted by Newt Gingrich, on August 26, 2009 9:37 PM

The Cause of a Champion

It is a sad day when America lays to rest a champion. For his untiring years of devotion to the American people, Sen. Kennedy was indeed a champion. Even growing up in Canada I was well aware of the Kennedy family and their place in both American politics and American history.

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on August 26, 2009 6:04 PM

His Cause Endures

Kennedy stated that health-care reform is the "cause of my life." He once again demonstrated that commitment as he fought for a better health-care system for us all and shouldered the weight of his own cancer.

Posted by Scott Young, on August 26, 2009 5:57 PM

A Loss for Public Health

Beyond my personal feelings of loss from the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, I have feelings as a public health professional. There has been no one in public service with the visibility, high energy, and commitment to Americans' individual and collective health than Kennedy.

Posted by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, on August 26, 2009 4:01 PM

A Champion for the People

Wouldn't that be a wonderful tribute to Ted Kennedy's lifetime of pass health-care insurance reform in 2009!

Posted by Willarda Edwards, on August 26, 2009 3:15 PM

A Dream (Not) Deferred

Sen. Kennedy's extraordinary contributions to American society not only defined a generation but will remain the impetus for a greater visionary spirit for generations to come.

Posted by Chisara N. Asomugha, on August 26, 2009 2:25 PM

Kennedy's Death and Reform

Sen. Kennedy's vast experience in the political arena and his ability to work "across the aisle" to achieve the "art of the possible" would have assured more thoughtful, measured progress toward care reform.

Posted by Colleen Conway-Welch, on August 26, 2009 1:23 PM

A Fresh Start -- and an End to the Delays

Ted Kennedy often called major health-care reform "the cause of my life." With his passing, I hope America and our representatives will take it up as the cause of Kennedy's legacy.

Posted by Angela Glover Blackwell, on August 26, 2009 12:35 PM

The Cause of Ted Kennedy's Life

The cause of Kennedy's life was to "guarantee that every American...will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege." That dream will never die. But by being realized, it can finally rest in peace.

Posted by Ezra Klein, on August 26, 2009 12:34 PM

Response from NHMA

Sen. Kennedy has been a champion for health reform for the Hispanic community.

Posted by Elena Rios, on August 26, 2009 12:27 PM

Rights vs. Privileges: The Loss of the Lion

I only hope that some our elected leadership will go back and listen to or watch his many powerful speeches given on behalf of the disadvantaged and under-represented people of our country.

Posted by Howard Forman, on August 26, 2009 11:51 AM


jama452: I sadly realize no words can move the stone cold hearts of those opposed to insurance and health reform. So, I wonder if someone you hold de...

paulco: Unfortunately I did not hear from Kennedy or Obama details of how health insurance for all would be transitioned, on a timeline, from now t...

Wildthing1: Ted Kennedy may have died but the need for good healthcare in society for the benefit of the health of all did not die!!!...

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