Jul 042012


The United States Supreme Court Decision on 6-28-2012 was preceded by many who worked for a national health insurance.


This photograph is reportedly in the public domain (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TedKennedy(D-MA).jpg#filelinks; obtained on 7-3-12).



Senator Edward Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) had reportedly studied the issue of health care reform for over forty years (https://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2012/07/02/stephanopoulos-celebrates-obamacare-victory-someone-special-kennedy-s-w; obtained on 7-3-2012).  In 1980 he lost the Democratic Nomination to incumbent President Jimmy Carter. 

Senator Edward Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention on August 12, 1980 (https://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Ready-Reference/EMK-Speeches/Address-to-the-Democratic-National-Convention.aspx; obtained on 7-3-2012). Here are two excerpts  from his speech :

“The vast majority of Americans cannot afford this panacea from a Republican nominee who has denounced the progressive income tax as the invention of Karl Marx. I am afraid he has confused Karl Marx with Theodore Roosevelt–that obscure Republican president who sought and fought for a tax system based on ability to pay. Theodore Roosevelt was not Karl Marx, and the Republican tax scheme is not tax reform.

Finally, we cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation from a fair society. So I will continue to stand for a national health insurance.

We must not surrender to the relentless medical inflation that can bankrupt almost anyone and that may soon break the budgets of government at every level. Let us insist on real control over what doctors and hospitals can charge, and let us resolve that the state of a family’s health shall never depend on the size of a family’s wealth.

The President, the Vice President, the members of Congress have a medical plan that meets their needs in full, and whenever senators and representatives catch a little cold, the Capitol physician will see them immediately, treat them promptly, fill a prescription on the spot. We do not get a bill even if we ask for it, and when do you. think was the last time a member of Congress asked for a bill from the Federal Government?

I say again, as I have before, if health insurance is good enough for the President, the Vice President and the Congress of the United States, then it is good enough for you and every family in America.”

The speech ended in the following way :

“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

Thank you, and let’s proceed with the Convention.”

On August 28, 2008 Senator Edward Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention. Reportedly, he was suffering from a malignant brain tumor and came from the hospital to address the convention.

 Here are two excerpts (https://www.nydailynews.com/news/text-ted-kennedy-speech-democratic-national-convention-article-1.314834; obtained on 7-3-2012) from his speech :

“For me this is a season of hope – new hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many, and not just for the few – new hope.

And 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.”

The speech ended in the following way :
“And this November the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans, so with Barack Obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on.”
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