Kennedy's Widow: Don't Let Ted Down on Health Care

Please finish 'the work of his life,' writes Victoria Kennedy
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2009 8:29 AM CST
Kennedy's Widow: Don't Let Ted Down on Health Care
In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, then Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama stands with Sen. Edward Kennedy during a rally for Obama at American University in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In an impassioned plea to Democratic senators threatening to vote against the health care reform bill, Victoria Reggie Kennedy begs them not to squander this opportunity because the bill isn't all they would like it to be. "Ted often said that we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good," she writes, arguing that the bill, "while imperfect, would achieve many of the goals Ted fought for during the 40 years he championed access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

"He's not here to urge us not to let this chance slip through our fingers," she writes in the Washington Post. "So I humbly ask his colleagues to finish the work of his life, the work of generations, to allow the vote to go forward and to pass health-care reform now." (More health care reform stories.)

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