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article imageDemocrats on health care seek to 'win one for Teddy'

By Michael Krebs     Aug 27, 2009 in Politics
The Democratic Party is striving to pass a bill on government-sponsored health care and is hoping that the memory of Senator Ted Kennedy will help renew this effort.
Senator Ted Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday, and with his passing the Democratic Party hopes to champion his work on achieving a government-sponsored health care program. On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to remind Americans that "reforming the health care system was a cause dear to the heart of Kennedy."
Now, drawing from a Reagan-era rallying call, Democrats want to "win one for Teddy."
"You've heard of 'win one for the Gipper'? There is going to be an atmosphere of 'win one for Teddy,'" Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.
Public and political support for the House health care bill has been declining - with resistance most visibly demonstrated in town hall presentations across the country.
Democrats hope that bring up Kennedy's passion for the issue will unite the two fronts in support for health care reform.
"Ted would want nothing more than for his colleagues to continue his life's work and to make real his dream of quality health care for all Americans," said Al Gore, echoing earlier comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Democrats are hoping to give the health care cause a brand - and a face that Americans can readily recall.
"To infuse Kennedy into the health-care debate, Democrats are planning to affix the former senator's name to the health-care legislation that emerges from Congress," ABC News reported.
Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh labeled the effort by Democrats as an exploitation.
"The Left is exploiting him – his death and his legacy – and they are going to do it, as predicted, to push health care through," Limbaugh said.
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