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Quote of the Day – everything in perspective

“Now, Teddy can rest.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

When Mitt ran for Massachusetts Governor – and when he served – he said some interesting things:

…like he was a Moderate Republican with Progressive views…

…what about preserving a woman’s right to choose and the right of women to have a safe abortion and to support Roe V. Wade

…or not trying to be like Reagan…..

…or as an active participant in Federal support for health care with Ted Kennedy.

Of course that Romney NEVER EXISTED (according to Romney)

And the truth will set you free!

Looks like we’ll have the Number 60 Democrat in the Senate soon.

This from the WaPo:
clipped from voices.washingtonpost.com
The Massachusetts Senate today approved a bill that would allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to name an interim replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. The bill has to go back to both chambers for procedural votes on Wednesday before heading to Patrick, who has said he would sign it
Patrick’s aides say they expect him to act quickly to name an interim successor, who would serve until voters pick a permanent replacement Jan. 19, and speculation is heating up about who the short-time Senator might be.
The two names that regularly come up in conversations with plugged-in Bay State operatives are former Gov. Michael Dukakis and Kennedy aide Paul Kirk.
Dukakis, who spent 12 years as the governor of Massachusetts, is the far more high-profile of the two men, having been the Democratic party’s presidential nominee in 1988.
According to a source close to the deliberations, Dukakis is working hard to win the appointment as a sort of career-capper.
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Word is going around that it might not be Dukakis… that he is too “high profile”, whatever that means. It is 100% in the Governor’s hands once the legislation is passed.

This is how I’ll remember Ted Kennedy…

If for no other reason than it is a statement from a dying man to the one person who can carry his hope forward, this snippit is from the letter  Ted Kennedy wrote to President Obama and had delivered after his death:

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

It would be a tragedy to let Kennedy’s hopes get dashed on the rocks of Joe Wilson or Charles Grassley or Eric (I’m too busy sending Twitter Tweets to listen to your speech) Cantor.

The Right will use Kennedy’s passing to fight Health Care Reform

Watching Teddy’s Memorial Service on MSNBC while I am surfing the web and discovering that the radical right web sites are using the occasion to say some of the nastiest things about him, about liberals and about and public option health plan. I’ve been looking at blogs entitled “It Ain’t America No More!” and “The Mary Jo Kopechne Right to Life Bill” and “Gun Grabbers Rush to Exploit Ted Kennedy’s Death” and “The Ted Kennedy moral whitewash peaks today.” I could go on (and I didn’t put in links, since, if you want to read this crap, you can go find it yourself.)

A lot of right-wing writing is trying to ward off the push that Kennedy’s death is giving liberals to pass Health Care. This, I guess, is to be expected.

At least we can make fun of the right’s anti- health care reform stand, as Mark Fiore shows in this animation:

Quote of the Day

“Republicans now say that if Kennedy had not been forced by illness to relinquish the chairmanship of that committee, he would have negotiated away the strongest provisions of that bill to win passage.

“Kennedy’s Republican friends should not make that disingenuous argument in his lamented absence. Lest there be any doubt about what he truly wanted, his bill includes a robust public option along with all the insurance reforms and cost controls that the president has endorsed since this process began.

“How would he have handled the intransigence and dishonesty of the Republican opposition? We know that he could shout as well as whisper — and that he could be partisan as well as bipartisan. He believed that the time for incremental changes had passed. He was ready to fight. The tragedy of his death is not only that he didn’t see the triumph he had dreamed, but that he fell before he could lead the nation to that final victory. Now that victory will have to be won in his name.”

– Joe Conason in an article entitled Ted Kennedy Wanted The Public Option.

A note I received from BoldProgressives.org…

…after I signed their petition. I pass it on to you. Ted Kennedy should be remembered by a major, public-option Health Care Bill. I pass this on to my readers:

I just signed this petition to honor Ted Kennedy, which will be delivered to senators on Monday:

“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.”

Kennedy’s bill includes a public health insurance option, and it would be an honor to Kennedy’s memory if it passed the Senate. Will you sign the petition? You can sign here.

Thanks.

The best way to honor Ted Kennedy’s memory is to pass a really good Health Care Bill…

This is the time for Democrats, and Obama in particular, to show the respect that Ted Kennedy deserved for his 42 years in the Senate by passing the one bill that was most important to his life. It seems to me that the final bill, which should also be named after Ted, should give us the real public option that the great majority of Americans want and that Kennedy had not yet managed to get us.

Ted’s ability to cross the aisle and bring in Republicans… and his support over the years for many of his Republican colleagues on civil legislation… should be stressed by Dodd and the other Senators that Ted trusted with his concerns when the brain tumor kept him out of DC. This is the time to call in the notes that Ted gave out over the years.

It would be, I think, a tremendous embarrassment to the Republicans, like Orrin Hatch and  Charles Grassley NOT to support a Ted Kennedy Health Care Bill. And though they would probably come out against it, by using Kennedy’s name here, they would also be defeating Republican challengers in man of the 2010 elections.

I hope Obama realizes the immense opportunity available at this moment.

Teddy Kennedy has put up a new Healthcare Bill… Not Single Payer.

Before we get into this discussion, go toTruthout.org and get the background on Teddy’s Bill: http://www.truthout.org.

Now this is a real winner for the Insurance Companies that are already sucking the money out of the Healthcare system and making it more expensive for the majority of us. For one thing, EVERYONE would be required to buy insurance… and those who couldn’t afford it would get a government subsidy… your tax money in Insurance company pockets.

While the ICs would make somewhat less than they are gouging now, they would be guaranteed continued profits… money that would not go back into the “Health” part of the Healthcare system. This, of course, is opposed to the Single Payer system where the government is the insurer of choice for the masses and the commercial companies can compete for the rich if they want to (it is NOT, I repeat, NOT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE.)

One comment on the Truthout summary of Teddy’s plan came from a poster named BillyDoc, who I acknowledge with sincere appreciation:

Now, instead of the “off the table” but oh-so-reasonable “single payer” option that the entire rest of the world uses with success we get “and require everyone to purchase insurance.” How nice for the insurance industry. And it only cost them a pittance in bribes.

My personal feeling is that Teddy has caved to the Insurers because he wants to get a reformed program through before the Cancer he is carrying kills him. It is his Legacy. I wish his Legacy would be the Single Payer system he originally supported (as did the Campaigning Obama)… Teddy needs to listen to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.