August 27, 2009

I take it back

Yesterday, this magpie suggested that Ted Kennedy's name be attached to the health care bill that comes out of the Congress. That was a bad idea. Over at DKos, David Waldman warns that putting Kennedy's name on a bill would let Blue Dogs and GOPers appeal to the the late senator's memory as part of a ploy to pass a bad health care plan. Instead, Waldman suggests:

Let the affordable health care coverage itself that the public option will make available be what carries Kennedy's name. Like the (Sen. William) Roth IRA (established in a Republican reconciliation bill, by the way), (Sen. Claiborne) Pell grants, or (Sen. J. William) Fulbright scholarships, we and future generations of Americans should enjoy comprehensive coverage under the Kennedy Health Care Plan.

With the Kennedy Health Care Plan intact in the bill, there's no reason the legislative vehicle that creates it cannot also bear his name. But while there's still a fight ahead about just what will be in this bill, if we're going to lend Ted Kennedy's name to something, let it be done in a way that keeps him in the fight to fulfill his vision right to the last, and which keeps his name on people's lips when they are finally able to take their families to the doctor without fear of financial ruin, saying, "We're covered by the Kennedy Plan."

Works for me.

Posted by Magpie at August 27, 2009 01:36 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |