A Loss for Public Health
For this Baby Boomer, the loss of the last Kennedy son is a melancholy milestone. The next Kennedy generation will continue the rich family legacy of service and commitment to social justice.
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. This is a major loss for the nation.
For health reform, Kennedy was the lion in the senate who fought for the vision and ultimate reality of universal health care for decades. He was also a brilliant negotiator and strategic compromiser who knew how to Get Things Done in the senate.
Clearly, he's been missed and needed in the health reform negotiations these past several months. He's one of the two political forces on the Hill who could have brought some rationality and momentum to the recent proceedings. The other was Tom Daschle, whose presence, too, could have contributed mightily to move health reform forward through strategic negotiations.
I will miss Senator Kennedy. We will miss Senator Kennedy.
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