The Senate’s great lion

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In a recent article written by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and published in Newsweek, he explains why he fought to make health care available for every mother or father who hears a sick child cry in the night.

In 1973, when I was first fighting in the Senate for universal coverage, we learned that my 12-year-old son Teddy had bone cancer. He had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. Even then, the pathology report showed that some of the cancer cells were very aggressive. There were only a few long-shot options to stop it from spreading further. I decided his best chance for survival was a clinical trial involving massive doses of chemotherapy. Every three weeks, at Children’s Hospital Boston, he had to lie still for six hours while the fluid dripped into his arm. I remember watching and praying for him, all the while knowing how sick he would be for days afterward.

During those many hours at the hospital, I came to know other parents whose children had been stricken with the same deadly disease. We all hoped that our child’s life would be saved by this experimental treatment. Because we were part of a clinical trial, none of us paid for it. Then the trial was declared a success and terminated before some patients had completed their treatments. That meant families had to have insurance to cover the rest or pay for them out of pocket. Our family had the necessary resources as well as excellent insurance coverage. But other heartbroken parents pleaded with the doctors: What chance does my child have if I can only afford half of the prescribed treatments? Or two thirds? I’ve sold everything. I’ve mortgaged as much as possible. No parent should suffer that torment. Not in this country. Not in the richest country in the world.

fnord

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77 responses to “The Senate’s great lion

  1. I had no idea at how sad I would feel.

    Sitting here crying.

    I feel it’s now more important his life’s work have a conclusion he would see as effective.

  2. It doesn’t specifically talk about Ted, but some of the great men who went before him.

  3. lilacluvr

    I had forgotten about Ted’s son being the one with bone cancer. No wonder this issue has been such a personal and deep committment for him.

    But he is right – the desperation in people’s eyes is often seen in the cancer clinic. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it first-hand.

    And for a nation that professes to be such a Christian and Godly nation, we sure do stink at living like it – don’t we?

    But, when we have 3 Kansas politicians with connections to the C Street Gang – aka the Christian Mafia – who believe God gives power and wealth only to the certain few – are we surprised at at how the average American is treated by them?

    May God have mercy on our souls if we let health care reform fail this time.

  4. “This is the cause of my life. New hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American – north, south, east, west, young, old – will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.”

    – Ted Kennedy, August 26, 2008; exactly one year ago today

  5. wicked

    The last of the Kennedy brothers. How incredibly sad. Me, too, on the crying, fnord.

  6. wicked

    The video and another like it make me wonder what this country and the world would now be like if they’d lived.

    • lilacluvr

      All the what-ifs in the world make me wonder too. Maybe it is true – the good die young?

      Thinking about this makes me more fearful for Obama. With all this deep-rooted hatred on the Republican side and their leaders stirring that hatred pot every day, I am just afraid of what may happen.

      Will history repeat itself – will we see another assassination like JFK?

  7. PrairiePond

    I’m with ya on the crying. Even though it was expected, it’s still just so damn sad.

    And what is making me the most sad is that I feel like no one is in power anymore who gives a rat’s patootie about common folks. Little folks. People who live on the financial and social and medical edges. There truly is no one with any power to look after our interests.

    Dennis tries. Bernie tries. SENATOR Al will try.

    But they are so small in numbers that even if they band together, they make no more difference than a fart in the Kansas wind.

    Big money and corporate interests have won. This is the end game for social justice and privacy, the things so many of us have held dear. And if you’ve fallen below the water line financially, there is little hope of recovering, especially for anyone over 40.

    I know that sounds mighty pessimistic, and it is. But I also think it’s the cold hard reality for anyone who is different from the mainstream in any way.

    It isnt Ted that I mourn as much as I mourn the loss of what he and his stood for. An America that no longer exists, and will never be back.

  8. tosmarttobegop

    Senator Ted Kennedy died a death he deserved to die, after a life fuller then many would feel they have had.
    Fell by what could be called a natural disease at a ripe age of 77, only after having achieving many great things that made the country he called home a better country.

    Yes he died a death he deserved to die, sound harsh? I am sure if you had asked him, he would have said it is the death he would want his brothers had died.
    In any battle it is not noteworthy how weak the enemy is, it is how strong the enemy is in the battle.
    Politics is said to be war and in the battles this man fought, there is no dishonor in losing to him.

    Shall this country not have lost the likes of Ted Kennedy but find the strength and wisdom to have more like him.

  9. tosmarttobegop

    I set here thinking not just about Ted but all the Kennedy’s, in a sense it is sad to me and more a generations thing. Alive in the President Kennedy days and remembering the sorrow of his death and the hope of this country in those days. Watching the funeral while in the 1st grade and my dad explaining the “rider-less horse”. The moment when a little boy “Johnny” standing and saluting the casket as it passed. I saw myself and how sad he must be. That was not his President passing it was his dad, a lost as such a young life.

    Bobby Kennedy’s death, it was so powerful that a small group of 9 y.o.s. stood in the front yard and thought of how they wish they could shoot the man who had killed him. Wow I can not even imagine 9 y.o.s today feeling that much sorrow and anger at a Politician being killed.

    John Jr., how much pressure he must have felt and such a high standard he was expected to strive for.
    Those shoes left under the desk in the Oval office how large they most of seemed for him to fill.
    His failure in the striving was not just felt by him, it was felt by everyone that felt the need for those shoes to be filled. His death so sudden and seeming to only fulfill a legacy of a family that had already suffered far too many times such a lost.

    And now Ted, the only one to have not died a violent death or at the hands of another.
    He was not filling the shoes of his brothers, he wore his own and the credit is his alone.
    Sharing the name and vision but his own stand alone credit, he was not a clone of John or Bobby he was Edward “Ted” Kennedy. He would have been so even if there never had been a John or Bobby.

    • wicked

      I think you meant John-John, not Johnny. 🙂

      Yes, there was a Kennedy Curse. I do believe that. I have a book by Rose Kennedy, although I forget the title, and it’s probably lost forever in the flooded basement of the farm house. I never did finish reading it. 😦

      Not only was there JFK, RKF, and Ted, there was their sister, Rosemary, and Joe Jr., then the added death of “John-John”. This is a family who has it all, as far as wealth and prestige are concerned, yet they’ve endured their own tragedies, their own personal Hell.

      And still they continue to look out for the little guy. For that, I thank each and every one of them.

    • wicked

      tosmart,

      I was 12 when JFK was assassinated, so my memories of it are a bit clearer by about 5 years, which is why I remember the nickname of JFK Jr. Of course I knew nothing about politics, but I remember the mock election we held in our class when he ran for president. I remember my mom picking me up after school to go into Wichita and how silent both of us were as we listened to the news reports (hours after the assassination) on the radio in the car. His funeral is still clear in my mind. I think we were the only school in the country that didn’t call off classes that day and watched it on TVs brought into each of the classrooms. Now that I’m grown, I applaud the school admins for that.

      Our generation has seen much in our lifetimes. We escaped the Great Depression and WWII, but we traded that for several “wars” that weren’t. We saw our leaders gunned down. We watched as man first walked on the moon. We saw the end to segregation, which has finally resulted in the election of a president with African American parentage, but we also saw the turmoil that got us to this point. We’ve lived much of history. I’m proud to be a part of this generation of “oldies.”

  10. lilacluvr

    On a personal note, I think Ted Kennedy was the anchor of the family after JFK and Bobby were both killed. Whatever any critic may say about the Kennedys, I believe this was one family that always remembered and cherished the fact they they were ‘the Kennedys’.

  11. About the time we all learned Senator Kennedy had been diagnosed with brain cancer I visited my son in Boston. I love being in Boston for many reasons and one is that it’s a bastion of liberal people. I mean it! Everywhere you go people are talking in a different way than here in Kansas. So much more diversity!

    My son had heard through the grapevine at the hospital details about this cancer Senator Kennedy suffered, and the news was bad. Chad and I talked about the possibility that Ted might use his great influence to begin the much-needed conversation about end-of-life health care. And we admitted he might not have the opportunity because it was probably necessary for him to avail himself of all the life-prolonging care available to someone of his means in order to ensure the Kennedy enterprise he headed could be passed along without hitches. None of us can imagine the kind of wealth that he managed, or the time it might take to get his affairs in order.

    All the idiocy and political ploys of ‘death panels’ aside, America does need a serious discussion about the disproportionate costs of the end of life. What costs and resources and manpower can we justify to extend life a few months, a few years? Where and when do we seriously address quality of life? These needed discussions have probably been set back by the ‘death panel’ claims because anyone who brings up the need of this discussion will be jumped on like fresh meat fed to sharks.

    I, for one, with the help of 6176, have put my wishes in the form of legal papers. Our country and her citizens really need to address this issue.

  12. wicked

    I’m tellin’ ya, I watched that town hall last night in Virginia and was horrified at the naysayers. Not so much that they don’t want health care for everyone, but that their reasoning and refusal to listen to anything but facts is so easy to see for anyone watching. The naysayers weren’t there to learn, they were there to yell and disrupt. I watched their faces. They weren’t open to any discussion. As for the ‘death panel’ reaction, they’re still certain that’s what it will be, no matter how many times they’re told by mutiple people and avenues. Apparently, reading is not their forte.

    I’m sad. Why? Because what we’ll get if and when the bill is passed is a watered down version of what we should have. I fear it could fail. Not the passing of the bill, but the “new” system, and only because it can’t be taken as far as it should be. Then the conservatives and Republicans and in-name-only-Christians will point fingers and continue to accuse, when failure will be their fault.

  13. lilacluvr

    I agree with you wicked. It will be sad if we go through all this fighting and then wind up with virtually the same health care system we have today but with higher premiums and higher costs because you know these lobbyists that have been hired to defeat Obama don’t come cheap.

    As for these death panels, I still have to wonder about the ability of these naysayers to think beyond their direct line to Rush. But look at what these same people did to Terry Schiavo.

    For all their shouting that we are free country, they sure do want to tell everyone what to do, how to do it, when to do it and that they are not going to pay for it.

  14. lilacluvr

    Maybe these naysayers will win the health care battle but will lose the war in 2010? With more and more people losing their jobs and their health insurance, maybe then it will hit home exactly what Obama and the Democrats are fighting for?

    Only when the hard facts of life without health care hits these people in their own face will they finally see the need for the change?

    • wicked

      I predict (and sincerely hope) they will experience what others have gone through.

      That sounds bad, doesn’t it? But “walk a mile in my shoes” is sometimes the only way that some can understand.

      After watching the video above and another like it and then having listened to people more closely in the past few years, I understand more fully that there’s more prejudice than we realize. We think of color, race, even gender when bigotry and prejudice are mentioned, but social class has become a huge issue.

      Let those who can’t see clearly experience what others do. Not for forever, but long enough to understand and feel what others feel.

      I’d like to be there when St. Peter meets them at the golden gates. Not that I’ll be there with them. LOL

  15. 6176746f6c6c65

    No, they will likely win in both arenas, with any day of reckoning, politically or otherwise, set off to 2020 or later. Meanwhile, there will be a continued increase in cost with erosions in coverage which will alter the landscape for many, just not those with the funds to provide the needed campaign contributions to Senators, Members of the House, Presidential candidates, etc.

    While there may finally be an awakening of the proletariat, it will be gradual; and, I suggest, not until they all are confronted with no Medicare or Medicaid, due to the ever-increasing costs of those programs and the increased demand for Medicaid coverage will it happen. Even then, there will be those who will castigate the unfortunate for not having insurance w/an MSA to fund deductibles, blithely ignoring the reality that the paycheck many receive is not large enough to pay for one of these, much less both, and still be able to buy food, shelter, clothing, etc.

    I fully expect a “class war” about then, which I have felt was inevitable since the 1970s, and the conditions for which have been exacerbated by the actions of the Congress and the President over the past 20+ years, with particular emphasis on those for the period beginning at 12:00 noon EST 20 January 2001 and ending on 11:59:59 EST 20 January 2009.

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      Of course, that should be 11:59:59 a.m. EST.

    • wicked

      I hope you’re wrong. I fear you’re right.

      Anybody know the cost of a flight to Europe? AT this point a rowboat would work. 🙂 How about Canada?

      We’re known to the world as the country who won’t look out for its people. Is there this much kicking and screaming in other countries?

      Class warfare? We’re already there.

    • wicked

      Hmmm, I could wish some very unhealthy things on Ms Murray that would “soften” her even more. Of course, I won’t.

      So does MA go without representation of one senator until the next scheduled election? Doesn’t that screw things up in the U.S. Senate? Kind of like the way it was before they announced Al Franken the winner?

      Yeah, I’m full of questions today. And a bit of bitterness to go with them

      I’ve got to hide this blog, shut off internet or whatever it takes. Nothing is getting done, and my To Do list doesn’t have anything marked off for at least the past two weeks. I’ll try to catch up later tonight. I hope by then I can find the top of my desk and get back to my writing schedule of which I’m two days behind. Not good.

      Stand tall and shout loud, friends!

  16. Thanks for the excellent post, fnord.

  17. 6176746f6c6c65

    Yes, fnord; that was a very good post, raising many issues in a thoughtful way.

    I’m now reviewing my documents, taking my own advice.

  18. Below is a little — snip — of what The Votemaster has to say.

    “…the political angle is what happens to his seat in the Senate. Just last week he called for the Massachusetts state legislature to once again change Massachusetts law to give the governor, currently Deval Patrick (D-MA), the power to make temporary appointments until a special election can be held in late January to replace Kennedy. Without Kennedy, the Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture, which could completely derail their health reform package. Thus all of a sudden, the fate of the health care bill depends on the Massachusetts state legislature.”

    • wicked

      I read a little about this a few days/weeks ago, but was interrupted and didn’t get back to it.

      What’s the process now in MA? What’s the balance of Dems/Repubs in MA congress? Does anyone know? Odds of a Dem replacing Kennedy? Or even an intelligent Repub? (There must be one or two in this country.)

      • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said today that he supported a recent proposal by the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy under which an interim senator would be appointed to serve in Kennedy’s place until a special election takes place.

        “I believe that the senator’s request to permit the governor to appoint someone to serve for that five months until a special election was entirely reasonable,” Patrick told WBUR-FM. “I think particularly now when you think about the momentous change legislation that is pending in the Congress today, Massachusetts needs two voices.”

        Asked if that meant he would urge the Legislature to pass a bill allowing him to appoint a successor, Patrick said yes, and that he would sign the bill, the station reported.

        Neither House Speaker Robert DeLeo nor Senate President Therese Murray has said whether they will pursue the legislation, although Murray — who had privately expressed quite vehement opposition to the plan — is said to be softening her stance, according to a story in Tuesday’s Globe.

        http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/08/mass_governor_s.html

  19. lilacluvr

    So, is the current policy to just have nobody fill the vacancy until the next election?

    What if their elected official died the first day of a their term – the state goes without anyone in that position until the next election?

    That doesn’t sound very smart.

    • Under current law, a special election will be held 145 days to 160 days.

      Cannot be held sooner than 145 days and must be held before 160 days has expired.

  20. 6176746f6c6c65

    As I understand it, the current MA law provides the seat remains vacant until a successor is chosen in a special election to be held NLT 5 months after the vacancy occurs. The law was changed in 2004 to prevent Mitt Romney from appointing a Republican if John Kerry had won and resigned.

    MA legislature is very heavily Democratic. It is, however, up to the voters of the Commonwealth to choose a successor under current law who will no doubt be a Democrat.

    • wicked

      I guess that’s good news, in its own way. I’ll rely on the Commonwealth of MA to be intelligent and do the right thing. (I don’t doubt they will, of course, being liberals and all. 😉 )

  21. wicked

    Just one quick thing before I vanish for a while.

    I just received a phone call from the American Cancer Society about health care reform. The lady asked if I would be willing to leave a message for Senator Roberts (they’d patch me through at no cost), give my name and my support for the health care bill.

    6176, I agree it isn’t what we truly need, and I have a lot of reservations, but it’s all we’re being given, and something must be done NOW, not 5 or 10 years from now. Sometimes it’s better to do something than do nothing. Yes, a twist on the old saying. Something done can be changed. Something not done is…well, it’s nothing.

    I think it was Nora Roberts who said that anything written can be changed. A blank page can’t.

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      The problem, as I see it, with doing something now rather than nothing is that this will likely push real reform off even longer. As that which is now being considered will not work, in the longer view, it will be held out as an example of how any reform attempt will just make things worse. There does need to be a “public option” at a minimum.

      • wicked

        Single payer would still be best. I hate that it all is being watered down.

        10 years? Oh, shoot, why worry? I’ll be on Medicare by then…if Medicare even exists.

  22. wicked

    4-5 months. So do we go into a stall game? There isn’t a shot clock, is there?

    (Too much basketball, obviously.)

  23. wicked

    Frankly, I like the idea of being a socialist. It sounds so…social. LOL

    –from wicked’s dumb blonde twin

  24. Again, from The Votemaster:

    While there is a huge battle going on concerning the “public option” in health care, the presence or absence of a weak government plan for a tiny fraction of Americans really does nothing for the vast majority of people who basically are stuck with whatever their employer offers. These companies are effectively monopolies and behave as such. A far more comprehensive reform would force real competition between private health insurance companies. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), actually introduced such a bill, but it is getting nowhere. Too many big players do not want competition, not from a weak government plan and certainly not from strong insurance companies. Real competition would drive prices, profits, and CEO salaries down, and nobody in the business wants that. What’s really odd about Wyden’s bill is that one might naively expect the Republicans to be offering it as an alternative–a way to improve health care and keep down prices and based entirely on a private sector solution. But such is not the case.

  25. 6176746f6c6c65

    Yeah, fnord, read that earlier when visiting the link. I agree that the employees are pawns in the game. What I see as a benefit to the public option is a basic set of services to be covered at a cost to the employer that is less than similar coverage private insurance companies can offer, which given that the public option doesn’t pay dividends and income taxes should be doable, even assuming the same level of administrative costs. Businesses would then switch to this option, unless the private sector can in fact do better.

    That, BTW, is what I think is really driving the opposition for some; the loss of dividends, etc., to shareholders.

  26. It’s always the damn money with those Republicans! Their obsession with money makes me sick to my stomach!

    You know how many of those seem to brag about their great success in life and how early they will be able to retire? Seems to me if they were capable of rational thoughts they would recognize how beneficial a public option would be to potential early retirement!

  27. G-stir

    I think the outcome of this issue would be greatly different if there was some form of term limits in the Congress. Maybe then our “public servants” could come in, get things done ,and be gone before the special interest groups could get their hooks into them.

    • wicked

      I’m conflicted on that, G-stir. While what you say is true, what about Ted Kennedy and others? I suppose they could become lobbyists themselves? I mean, if we’re going to have lobbyists, let’s just go whole hog.

  28. I say with our advancements in technology they don’t need to be gathered in one place very often. Send them all home to their districts where their constituents can keep a closer eye on them. Would make the lobbyists have to run further too! They can conduct business via teleconferencing. Don’t we already pay for an office and staff back in their home area?

    • lilacluvr

      If I remember correctly, the Republicans still have the same number of staff even though they lost many seats in Congress in the last election.

      If these are such fine fiscal conservatives with taxpayer money, then why are they keeping an excess of staff??

      And, I wonder, how many of those same people got new carpet, new furniture and new anything else they wanted?

  29. lilacluvr

    I think 6176 is correct when he says he thinks the opposition is really about only one thing – the dividends and shareholders.

    But aren’t we all paying higher costs because we don’t have a universal health care in this country? Do Republicans really think the uninsured don’t go to the ER for their primary medical care? How many times have we heard about people taking their kids to the ER because they have the flu, cold or a rash? That’s an expensive trip to the doctor – don’t you think?

    It’s actions like this that is driving the costs up for the rest of us.

  30. Putting another of the points the Republicans try to make to rest. The question is always asked about ‘why the rush.’

    Why the rush?

    Just proves how ill-informed these anti-health-care reformers are. As this thread header indicates, Senator Kennedy has been working on this issue since at least the early 70s!

    Why the rush?

  31. 6176746f6c6c65

    I feel that the lack of any universal health care coverage in the U.S. is not only costing us due to the ER trips you point out, Lilac, but also from an international competitiveness perspective due to increased costs of goods due to the cost of coverage provided by the employer, which gets passed on to the consumer.

    I shall now share my darkest thought on this topic: if there is universal health care, then the amount of money the patient has no longer guarantees getting to the front of the line, and must wait his/her turn as anyone else. While there still exists the potential to travel to India, e.g., or elsewhere for such priority service, many will not want to do this. Thus, the opposition.

    • lilacluvr

      You may have just hit the nail on the head 6176.

      It’s the old ‘I’ve got mine and to hell with you syndrome’?

      Because, after all, I am deserving to have health care and that guy doesn’t?

      Selfishness, greed, arrogance and ignorance are the emotions driving thes town hall protesters?

      And to think they are from the GOP – which I thought was the Party of God.

      • 6176746f6c6c65

        They are from the GOP, but their version of Christianity, which shouldn’t be labeled that at all, as is readily apparent relies on the Pauline Epistles as the foundation for much of its theology. That, combined with some Calvinism, creates a “faith” which bears slight resemblance to the teachings contained in the Gospels. I daresay that if someone came and tried to teach that which is in the Gospels, he would receive treatment which would make that being hurled at Pres. Obama seem complimentary.

  32. G-stir

    What happens down the road after ever increasing health care costs , and companies like Boeing, Cessna, et al, decide to get out of paying the majority of their employees health insurance costs and throw the towel in and walk away? If, and/or when that occurrs, you’ll find the middle class stuck with paying the full bloated amount by themselves. Fireworks, anyone? More likely, bankruptcy everyone!

  33. lilacluvr

    And, let’s not forget, Republicans had power from 1994 to 2006 and total power from 2000 to 2006.

    They could have taken all the time they wanted and they chose not to – because???

    It’s just like the abortion issue – they could have attempted to overturn Roe v Wade in all those years but not one Republican even tried.

    I think it is because they want to keep these wedge issues alive so their supporters will all lockstep into place when their beloved leader, Rush, plays that pipe for all the rats to follow.

    Republicans only care about money and power – and they will use anything and everybody to get it – even to the point of destroying the country.

    But I’m sure they will all be dressed in the Yankee Doodle Dandy costume and waving their flag.

    Hypocrits.

  34. lilacluvr

    I just dropped in over on the Opinion Line and if you think the nameless blog people are rabid – you should take a look at some of the pearls of wisdom that is flowing from these Republicans.

    Scary does not even begin to describe it.

    • wicked

      I read some of those this a.m. I think “dad” is Boxy. Same b.s.

      • lilacluvr

        dad is a real piece of work – isn’t he?

        He has revealed his real name before and claims to be mid-40’s, married and has 3 kids.

        He’s the one that I tangled with last year when those Miley Cyrus semi-nude pictures were out and dad made the comment that she was ‘yummy’.

        When I objected to his description of a young 15-yr-old girl he literally dumped on me and told me to ‘lighten up’ because it was only a joke. You could not imagine how many fellow OL people took his side!

        Is it just me or is it wrong to be describing a 15-yr-old in that way by a grown man?

        And this guy professes to be a good Christian Republican??

      • It does seem those good ‘Christian’ Republican men would be a lot more human if they could only manage to get laid!

  35. tosmarttobegop

    Health care reform is not about Senator Ted Kennedy, he had the money and insurance so not a problem.
    IT IS about Ted the guy who picks up your trash once or twice a week, who when his wife, child or himself are needing to see a Doctor. And the thought is made as to whether they can afford the forty, seventh five or a hundred dollars in co-pay it will take just to get five minutes with a Doctor.

    Its about Ted the guy who works at the small company on the outskirts of town. And has to waste time every year reading the booklet for the new health insurance that the company is providing since the policy last year the premium went up and the company had to shop for a different provider they could afford.
    And each year it covers less and less along with costing more for his family plan.

    It about the woman who works for the largest retailer and the insurance they provide has three levels.
    The only one she can afford is the one where she had to go to select Doctors and select Hospitals and none
    would she have chosen otherwise. The rest of the plan is nothing more then directions to a E.R. and her hoping that she will not be shipped out or forced to leave without being recovered form the illness or injury.

    It for the Ted who is on a HMO and every trip to the Doctor is governed not by his choice or his Doctor’s.
    It is decided by a executive who is not in that Doctor’s office, is not feeling the pain or fear. And is not looking the patent in the eye when they tell them, “Well since there is more chance it is a chest infection instead of lung cancer. I will not pay for a chest X-ray, CT or MRI. we will just play the chances instead!”.

    It is those and other who Health care reform is about, go ahead and name the legislation after Senator Kennedy. But never think it is about Senator Ted Kennedy.

  36. tosmarttobegop

    Wow sorry for the misspelling and gramer. I was writing more out of emotion and rage then thought.

  37. lilacluvr

    Well said and isn’t it a shame we can’t get more people to see it the same way?

    Getting control of rising medical costs is not just smart economically but it is also a moral issue – in my opinion.

  38. lilacluvr

    Just read on the Huffington blog that Rush Limbaugh sank to a new low today, even for him.

    Seems Rush was congratulating himself on being correct when he predicted Ted Kennedy’s death would happen before the health care bill was passed.

    Since I don’t listen to Rush at all, did anyone else hear this garbage?

    What is it with Rush that he has to dance on someone’s grave just to make himself look more superior?

    I swear, Rush must have been born without the capacity to feel anything about anyone else.

    What was it wicked said previous GOP = Greedy Old Pricks – in Rush’s case, a slight change needs to be made :

    GOSP = Greedy Old Small Pricks

    • wicked

      I knew you were going to say that, Lilac. LOL

      I (and a few million others, I’m sure) will be dancing a polka on Rush’s grave when his fat heart gives out. His fat mouth may never give out. 😦

  39. tosmarttobegop

    Channel surfing last night I hit on MTV.
    At the right time, they were talking about Rush being busted for Viagra.

    “In the company of four other men and enough Viagra to last a month! huh?”.

    • I guess his previous wives didn’t like four other guys sharing the same space as her and hubby, viagra dude? I like Robbin Williams response when told of the incident: “Why does he need any of that? He’s a big enough pr**k as it is.”

  40. Comments from sarah’s facebook page. It’s SO informative:

    Sarah is right. Beck is right. This is not a issue of right vs left and not all Obama thing…its an AMERICAN thing.

    Get your head dislodged from your back side and LISTEN to the information Glenn Beck is putting out and the question with boldness that information. Don’t trust him…don’t trust Washington…trust yourself and fact check what you hear from either side.

    Information is power and it is time to get empowered people. WATCH BECK!!!
    (I get the feeling this poster is just a bit confused 🙂 )
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    God is still in control if we continue to pray AND stay involved and informed about everything Glenn Beck is showing us. Don’t be so confomfortable in your lives that you don’t think anything can happen to disrupt life as you know right now!!
    (Anyone else notice the English usage here leaves a bit to be desired?)
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    WAKE UP AMERICA! Thanks Glenn, Sarah, Sean, & Rush for getting the word out. May those that try to silence you go the way of Ted Kennedy!
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    My DVR is filled up with Glenn Beck, O’Reilly Factor and Sean Hannity shows. Just bought a DVD recorder today, so I can archive all the shows on discs and send to my liberal friends to watch. Hopefully they will wake up and wise up!
    ( Can’t wait to get some of those. Excellent substitutes for blue rock, or clay targets as we call em.)
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    And my answer:
    Glenn Beck? The antithesis of what an American stands for? The whining little cry baby who thinks: Obama has a deep seated hatred of white people, hates white people, but doesn’t hate white people? Glenn Beck, who has had over 30 advertisers pull their commercials from his programming because of his racist statements? That Glenn Beck?

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, you’re falling further and further from the ranks of intelligent people the more you open your mouth. But I guess a quitter and a whiner do have a lot in common.

  41. And my favorite:
    I will be watching. Obama has declared war against Glenn Beck because Glenn does not back down from learning the truth and keeping his public informed. We love you Glenn Beck! Let them fire your advertisers. We will boycott their products and put them out of business. We can use Purex or Oxyclean instead of Clorox.

  42. Thoughts go out to Senator Kennedy’s wife and family.

  43. Thunderchild

    I may cry myself.

    I was up unable to sleep when the news broke late last night. It is just now hitting me.

    How I wish I would have spent more time watching Cspan!

    Perspective? I have never known an America without a Senator Ted Kennedy.

  44. Such an excellent post; I, too, am sorry I did not watch his great works…

  45. I believe we have crossed into a new record. Thanks, fnord.