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Kennedy’s Death Spurs Calls to Pass Health Legislation
The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2009 | By Jake Sherman

Posted on 08/26/2009 8:37:14 AM PDT by MaestroLC

Edited on 08/26/2009 8:39:27 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy quickly became a rallying cry for Congress to pass health care overhaul legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office sent an email to reporters at around 2:30 a.m. today, just hours after his death, calling for the passage of health care overhaul. “Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration,” the statement read.


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Byrd wants health bill renamed for Kennedy

(quote) "In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American," Byrd said.

1 posted on 08/26/2009 8:37:15 AM PDT by MaestroLC
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To: MaestroLC

Dem’s don’t even allow the body to get cold before they want political advantage.


2 posted on 08/26/2009 8:38:29 AM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: MaestroLC

Democrats: Always standing on somebody’s corpse.


3 posted on 08/26/2009 8:38:29 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Health Care Reform has met the DEATH Panel.)
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To: MaestroLC

Nice try..................Go F yourself D C !!


4 posted on 08/26/2009 8:38:37 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: MaestroLC

Pelosi was faster off the mark in calling for this than I expected. She did it while the body was still warm.


5 posted on 08/26/2009 8:38:56 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: MaestroLC

Nobody wants deathcare.


6 posted on 08/26/2009 8:39:06 AM PDT by taxtruth
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To: MaestroLC

I propose we name the Obamanation Health Care Bill for Messr. Kennedy. My offerings:

Bridge to Health Care.
Swimming In Health.
Life Preserver Bill.

Or my FAVORITE:

S enior
P rotection
L ife
A ssurance
S upplemental
H ealth

S.P.L.A.S.H. for short.


7 posted on 08/26/2009 8:39:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz (It's Claire Wolfe Time.)
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To: MaestroLC

That didn’t take long.

Can only hope that the health care bill dies as well.


8 posted on 08/26/2009 8:39:47 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Nice try..................Go F yourself D C !!
.......
Bares repeating!!!!


9 posted on 08/26/2009 8:39:57 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: MaestroLC

Health care is dead. May it rest in hell with Splash.


10 posted on 08/26/2009 8:39:59 AM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Oh what a huge surprise that the libs would use his death to urge passing of this anti-American bill. I’m shocked, just shocked!


11 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:09 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: MaestroLC

Gee, didn’t see this coming. What a bunch of political vultures.


12 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:21 AM PDT by Hatheos
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To: MaestroLC

arrgh! I’m stuck at the airport and all the TV’s are on CNN. You can’t believe how many times CNN has talked about how important passing this health bill was to Kennedy. Do airports in red-states play FoxNews, are is it CNN everywhere?


13 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:30 AM PDT by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: GreyFriar

Yeah, I was pretty impressed, too. Of course, we all knew it was coming.

But what makes them think Kennedy was popular with anybody except the brain-dead voters of MA and the DC political circuit? That’s not enough to get them very far.


14 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:34 AM PDT by livius
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To: MaestroLC

MSNBC question of the day. Is his departing generating enough wind to get the sunken Public plan health reform sailing again.

Pelosi says ‘YES’. But she is NUTS God bless her (since she will be the end of Obama.)


15 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:36 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Socialist Conservatives: "'Big government is free because tax cuts pay for it'")
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To: MaestroLC

Not feeling the motivation.


16 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:48 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: MaestroLC
He needs to add, “Except for Americans traped in cars, and under water”!
17 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:49 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: MaestroLC

Morbid Ghouls.


18 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:55 AM PDT by reagandemocrat (Zippy got lost on Marxist's Vineyard)
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To: MaestroLC

Only if it will bring back Mary Jo. The Orca can stay dead.


19 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:03 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support Sarah. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/sarahpalin?ref=nf)
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To: MaestroLC

Oh here we go..............stop before I wretch.


20 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:12 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: MaestroLC

The Wall Street Journal concocts “news” out of thin air.


21 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:21 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Hatheos

..prolly was his idea.


22 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:45 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: MaestroLC

Go figure? Democrats are so predictable. Why not name it the Mary Jo Bill? After all, we will be drowning in taxes once this is passed.


23 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:55 AM PDT by Commander X (Hey Barry, what are you hiding?)
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To: MaestroLC

“Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration,” the statement read.

It will leave us gasping for air, drown us in red tape, and finally kill us.


24 posted on 08/26/2009 8:42:10 AM PDT by jessduntno (Privatization + Inter-State Sales + Individual Policies + Tort Reform = Healthcare Reform)
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To: MaestroLC
Who didn't see this coming? The man is not even cold yet. Well, if Obama and the Democrats want to name their monstrosity of a health care plan after Ted Kennedy, then they should include Mary Joe's name in it. IE:

The Ted Kennedy Health Care Bill of 2009 in memory of Mary JoKopechne: Since 1969, 50 Years of Monstrosity

Ted Kennedy was a singular figure in American history. Very few if any, over such a long period, have done more to harm America. But Obama is committed to trying.

“Socialism hasn’t worked in 6,000 years of recorded history because it didn’t have me to run it.” - Ted Kennedy
And despite all his efforts to the contrary, it never worked in America either. Even with him as the Jackal of the Senate trying his best to implement it. May God have mercy on his soul...but we are better as a nation with him permanenetly out of that position of power and influence.

The best epitath for this leftist, socialists, corrupt old man would be for a conservative or at the least a moderate, to be elected to fill his seat by the people of Mass.

Now we have Barrack Hussein Obama and his ilk, who will surely try to use the death of Kennedy to push through the biggest socialization effort in American history - ObamaCare.

We cannot let it happen. Stand firm, speak out, lean into their storm of word and ideologies...and push them back.


THE GRIM REAPING OF AMERICA


AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY


THE STORM UNLEASHED ON AMERICA

A PETITION ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RESTORATION

A 4TH OF JULY TEA PARTY SPEECH

...and on the lighter side, take your mind off the Obamanation for a few minutes and enjoy some beautiful Western US scenery slideshows.

JEFF HEAD'S WESTERN US SCENERY SLIDE SHOWS

TED KENNEDY'S "OTHER" LEGACY - LEFTIST, SOCIALIST ANTI-AMERICAN TO THE CORE

Kennedy smears President Bush and our troops on the US Senate floor:

He described the Iraq war as a fraud “made up in Texas” as part of political strategy — accused the President of the US of “telling lie, after lie, after lie”, in order to go to war in Iraq.

Kennedy smears Judge Alito...Mrs. Alito in tears:

In suggesting that Samuel Alito had belonged to a racist conservative group, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy relied heavily on an essay published by the organization that sounded like a bigoted rant. The essay, titled ‘In Defense of Elitism.....But the magazine’s editor at the time says the article was pure satire, a send-up of what liberals think conservatives think. He added quote, ‘I think left-wing groups have been feeding Senator Kennedy snippets and he has been mindlessly reciting them,”

Sen. Edward Kennedy Smears the Nation

“On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: ‘Who would prefer that Saddam’s torture chambers still be open?’ Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management — U.S. management.” - A speech on the Senate floor, May 10, 2004.

Kennedy’s smear of Judge Bork on the US Senator floor:

“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy....”

Kennedy betrays his Senate position, President Reagan and America
:

May 14, 1983 document from the KGB archives reveals that Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) reached out to the General Secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party, Yuri Andropov, to propose a kind of public relations strategy to counter President Reagan’s defense policy initiatives toward the Soviet Union, policies that Kennedy felt were too aggressive.

Kennedy was either a prime instigator or author of every expansion of an increase in immigration, up to and including the latest attempt to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.

The death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick:

On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts .. At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur's keys to his Oldsmobile limousine, and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, and flipped into Poucha Pond.

He escaped te car andswam to shore and walked back to the party, passing several houses and a fire station. Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew - that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car.

The Kennedy family began "calling in favors", ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family, before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne and he didn't call police because he was in a state of shock. It is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, and he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight.

The inquest into Kopechne’s death took place in Edgartown in January 1970. At the request of Kennedy’s lawyers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered that it be conducted in secret. The 763-page transcript of the inquest was released four months later. Judge James A. Boyle presided at the inquest. Among Judge Boyle’s conclusions in his inquest report was the following: “There is probable cause to believe that Edward M. Kennedy operated his motor vehicle negligently … and that such operation appears to have contributed to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.”

Under Massachusetts law Boyle, having found “probable cause” that Kennedy had committed a crime, could have issued a warrant for his arrest, but he did not do so. District Attorney Dinis chose not to pursue Kennedy for manslaughter, despite Judge Boyle’s conclusions.

Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a SUSPENDED SENTENCE OF TWO MONTHS. Kopechne's family received a small payout from the Kennedy's insurance policy, and never sued. There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and autopsied, but her family successfully fought against this in court, and Kennedy's family paid their attorney's bills.

In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several months. Test results done by the hospital at the time he was admitted had shown he was legally intoxicated. The results of those tests remained a "state secret" until in the 1980's when the report was unsealed. Didn't hear about that from the unbiased media, did we?

While attending law school at the University of Virginia , he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. Yet his Virginia driver's license was never revoked. Coincidentally, he passed the bar exam in 1959.

He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him.

25 posted on 08/26/2009 8:42:10 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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*sniff, sniff*

Ahhhhhhhhh. Smell that? It’s called ‘DESPERATION’. The Dims could open up a perfumery and sell the stuff by the buckets.


26 posted on 08/26/2009 8:42:26 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell)
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Tying this bloated albatros to Kennedy would be fitting.

The fact that Byrd thinks it would help sell the bill to the People shows what a bubble they live in.

I strongly suspect most of America despises the fat, corrupt, evil bastard.


27 posted on 08/26/2009 8:42:38 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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I think Byrd added that in the alternative he would settle for two airports named for himself.

Certainly we should name a bridge in Chappaquiddick for the departed.

28 posted on 08/26/2009 8:42:44 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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Let's call it Kopechne Care instead.

Maybe that would bring some sanity to the "debate" that is limited to Democrat voices.

29 posted on 08/26/2009 8:42:51 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (E)
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Talk about tacky. This is like John Edwards trying to capitalize on his wife’s cancer.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 8:43:30 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
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To: MaestroLC

What a surprise.


31 posted on 08/26/2009 8:43:42 AM PDT by skeeter
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No. We need to USE it as an example AGAINST state-run healthcare!

Kennedy KNEW better than to use ‘public’ health care himself!

THIS should be the rallying point for the conservatives.


32 posted on 08/26/2009 8:43:48 AM PDT by J40000
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Still - - - NO!

They could put Ronald Reagan’s name on it ... still NO!


33 posted on 08/26/2009 8:43:48 AM PDT by Reagan69 (The only thing SHOVEL-READY since BO's stimulus has been MICHAEL JACKSON (tammy bruce))
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To: MaestroLC

Start by getting the fraud out of Medicare. Then fix the medical litigation problem. These two things will cut costs by 40%.


34 posted on 08/26/2009 8:44:02 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama - The wolf in the suit.)
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ObamaCare Socialized Medicine has now become:

Health care for
All (including Aliens)
Regardless of
Deficits

White
House
Inspired
Senator Ted
Kennedy
Insurance
Enrollment
Scheme

35 posted on 08/26/2009 8:44:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $1 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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We need to strip Joe Manchin (democratic governor of West Virgina) of his power to appoint a replacement for Byrd before that old liberal dies too!
36 posted on 08/26/2009 8:44:07 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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Wow! That didn’t take long. Nothing like a FUNeral to promote the liberal agenda.

KenneyCare ... it is dead in the water.


37 posted on 08/26/2009 8:44:12 AM PDT by maggief
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To: edcoil
"Dem’s don’t even allow the body to get cold before they want political advantage."

Once again, just imagine the MSM if Republicans attempted such naked exploitation for political gain.

38 posted on 08/26/2009 8:44:35 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (E)
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To: skeeter

Bring his rotting corpse to the Rotunda and then let’s vote down this bill. A fitting end.


39 posted on 08/26/2009 8:44:58 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

.well, whisky is a pretty good medicine.


40 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:08 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: maggief

s/b KennedyCare


41 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:17 AM PDT by maggief
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To: MaestroLC

“Pelosi’s office sent an email to reporters”

Winston Smith, pick up your speak-write and get to work.
Big Sister


42 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:25 AM PDT by tumblindice (This space for rent)
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To: MaestroLC

Predictable.


43 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:33 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: MaestroLC; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

As the New Democrat Left and their propagandists in the Pravda Media try to establish Obamacare as “Kennedy’s lasting legacy”, recall too that “Animal Farm” began with the death of Old Major

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm

Old Major
A prize Middle White boar is the inspiration that fuels the Rebellion in the book. He is 12 years old. According to one interpretation, he could be based upon both Karl Marx, founder of modern Marxism and the base for Communism, (in that he describes the ideal society the animals could create if the humans are overthrown) and Vladimir Lenin (in that his skull is put on revered public display, as was Lenin’s embalmed corpse). However, according to Christopher Hitchens: “the persons of Lenin and Trotsky are combined into one [i.e., Snowball], or, it might even be [...] to say, there is no Lenin at all.”


44 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ted Kennedy, you are NO J.F.K. Wrong on abortion. Wrong on taxes.)
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Rename it KennedyCare?

Sure. Right after changing the word "turd" to Ted.

Cause it's as big a crock as he was.

45 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:59 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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Pelosi and Obortion must be so pleased at the timing of the Lord Kennedy’s death.


46 posted on 08/26/2009 8:46:26 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (E)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“Nice try..................Go F yourself D C !!”

Just shows how out of touch they are. The Kennedy name is definitely NOT as venerated as it was back in the days of JFK!


47 posted on 08/26/2009 8:46:45 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: tumblindice

Camelot was a myth cooked up by Jackie O. when JFK died. The press and historians ran with it.

Camelot was a musical that Jack liked.


48 posted on 08/26/2009 8:47:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ted Kennedy, you are NO J.F.K. Wrong on abortion. Wrong on taxes.)
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49 posted on 08/26/2009 8:47:17 AM PDT by maggief
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To: MaestroLC

A spur to kick them out of congress.


50 posted on 08/26/2009 8:47:30 AM PDT by boomop1
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