Citing the "dream" of Senator Ted Kennedy who died on Tuesday from brain cancer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to this year push through the controversial government sponsorship of health care coverage.
"Ted Kennedy's dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration," Pelosi said in a statement, according to AFP
Pelosi has been facing tough resistance from the public and from political colleagues in both parties over the costs and over the details of the government's role as a health care provider.
"Pelosi, one of Obama's top Democratic allies, was reminding Americans that reforming the health care system was a cause dear to the heart of Kennedy, who died late Tuesday after losing a long battle with brain cancer," AFP reported. 'Sadly, Senator Kennedy left us exactly one year after he inspired the nation with his speech of optimism, vitality, and courage at the Convention in Denver,' she said."
Senator Kennedy described his pursuit of government-sponsored health care as "the cause of my life," saying also that "the dream lives on" in the Obama presidency - with regard to passing health care legislation.
"Today, with the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the American people have lost a great patriot, and the Kennedy family has lost a beloved patriarch," Pelosi said, according to AFP. "Over a lifetime of leadership, Senator Kennedy's statesmanship and political prowess produced a wealth of accomplishment that has improved opportunity for every American."