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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.