Ted Kennedy Works on Universal Health Care Bill

24Oct08

This is some encouraging news about Health Care in the US:

From his sickbed, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has secretly been orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet the new president with a plan to provide affordable medical coverage to all Americans, a measure he has called “the cause of my life.”

Specifically, what I find encouraging is that his plan is more “universal” than Obama and McCain’s.  Should Obama win, it sounds like Kennedy might have enough influence to convince Obama to open up to his more universal plan.

While Mr. Kennedy is shooting for universal coverage, the two men running for president – John McCain and Mr. Obama – have their own plans that many analysts say fall short of that goal. An Obama Senate aide sat in on many of the early Kennedy meetings; no McCain aide did.

I’d like to see that happen.  This would not only help make America a healthier nation, but it would have fantastic economic benefits. We can talk all we want about tax cuts, but once we provide cheaper healthcare to all people in the country, I believe we’ll see more lasting economic effects.

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