Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy

For one brief shining moment there was Camelot.

The phrase has been used to describe the Kennedy Era in politics; it was coined by Jackie Bouvier Kennedy in an article written for Life magazine about her husband’s presidency. But this blog isn’t going to be about that or the late Senator Robert Kennedy. It’s going to be about the last living son of Rose and Joe Kennedy who died today of brain cancer at the age of 77.

Ted Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts he served at various time as Chairman on different committees. He worked with his Democratic allies and his not so friendly supporters in order to pass bills that he believed would help his fellow countrymen. His work on foreign affairs may not be as well known but he is credited with bringing the beginngs of peace to Northern Ireland. Senator Kennedy also acted as patriarch to his huge family serving as a father figure to Bobby and John’s children.

He had his faults there were many and they have all been well documented over the years. But today is not about that, it’s about remembering a Senator who one day took some time off to eat steak sandwiches with a bunch of kids from Delaware.


Edward Moore Kennedy February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I admire that you are trying to come up with positive solutions to health care. I believe strongly in the free trade system and feel that if state governments would allow open sales across state lines, the competition itself would take care of many, many of the high cost problems; and the people would get more quality for their money. Government requirements on insurance companies are a huge part of the problem with high insurance costs. If the companies weren't required by law to cover arguable things like early childhood development programs and sex-change operations,they would be able to afford to cover pre-existing conditions. Obama compared national health care to the post office, but what most people don't know (does he?) is that competing with the post office is prohibited by law. Once government gets the "public option" in there (and "single payer" means "single provider", true to form, they will become a monopoly within themselves. US health insurance companies are often imperious, unresponsive consumer headaches because they're a partial monopoly, protected from competition by government regulation. In some states, one big insurer will control 80% of the market. (Guess which party the big insurance company favors? Big companies love big government.) In a free market, an insurance company who might deny a man his health coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because they discovered he had gallstones (Obama's example in "The New York Times"), couldn't stay in business. Other insurance companies would scream from the rooftops about their competitor's shoddy business practices, and customers would leave in droves. The freedom to take one's business elsewhere, again, through true competition, would solve problems. Government regulations always shrink a market, leading to fewer options and more uninsured people than would exist in a free market.

If Ted Kennedy had understood the principles of the free market system and believed in them, we might not be in the present health care crisis. He could have revamped a system destined to fail. In his honor, I will simply say that he was persistent and he had a wonderful, service-oriented mother who instilled the concept of public service in her children. And it "took."