Fresh Paint
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
And It's Raining Out, Too
Just learned we've lost Senator Ted Kennedy. I am so very sad for the family, but also for all of us. He was the last of the unapologetic liberals, whose ideas for health care for all were simple and workable -- Medicare for all, phased in by age group, shrinking from the top, growing from the bottom, a simple check box on your tax form as to whether you wanted to participate.

Will there ever be such as him again? Great wealth, great humanity, great sense of responsibility. An often messy, tabloid personal life -- gravitas on the job.

What can I say that hasn't been said, or will be said shortly?

Flawed as it is, we must pass if not univeral health coverage, a health reform bill with a strong, truly affordable, public option in his honor.

And I hope the next senator from Massachusetts keeps roaring until we do.

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