So now that Senator Kennedy has died the relevant question, as it’s been all summer, really, is “What do we do about health care reform?”
Kennedy was a big proponent of reforming the current (broken) system. He wanted changes put in that would protect us from the insurance companies and would provide care for everyone. It was one of his great passions and it’s a pity that he didn’t get to see it passed before he died.
But, and wretched though I feel for thinking this, his death might be the push that’s needed to finally overcome all the opposition and get it passed. There’s lots of Democrats who have been on the fence over this; the so-called “Blue Dog” democrats. If the bill that gets voted on is, for example, called “The Senator Kennedy Health Care Reform Act”, that’ll put pressure on them to pass it, as will other Democrats saying (accurately), “It’s what Kennedy would have wanted.”
I hate having to think this way, I really do. But Kennedy was a political figure and reforming health care was something he dearly wanted and that we deserve. If it takes using his death to get it passed, then so be it. I don’t know that he’d have wanted it any other way.