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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:17 AM

Ted Kennedy got out of his deathbed to vote to give millions of Americans healthcare

John McCain got out his his deathbed to take healthcare away from millions of Americans. If you ever wanted to know the difference between Republicans and Democrats, this example pretty much defines it.

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Reply Ted Kennedy got out of his deathbed to vote to give millions of Americans healthcare (Original post)
Joe Nation Jul 2017 OP
riversedge Jul 2017 #1
RoBear Jul 2017 #3
BumRushDaShow Jul 2017 #2
Joe Nation Jul 2017 #4
brush Jul 2017 #5
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2017 #6
yodermon Jul 2017 #7
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2017 #8

Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:19 AM

1. I believe he died before the final vote. but was very instrumental in

advancing ACA. Correct me if my memory has faded. But I get the jest of your OP.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:24 AM

3. I don't think it was a "jest"

I'm hoping you meant "gist"

Damn auto-correct...

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:24 AM

2. Unfortunately, Ted passed before any of the final versions were ready for him to vote on

However his death gave impetus to the Democrats to get it done. And oddly enough, Arlen Specter's change of party during the summer of 2009 to become a Democrat, made it possible to get to 60 votes (Specter also had cancer - non-Hodgkins lymphoma, both before and after the ACA crafting era).

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:26 AM

4. Correct, he advanced the ACA in many ways...

He (Kennedy) cast the deciding vote to protect Medicare payments to doctors in 2008. Kennedy was a key driver in early drafts of the ACA. He also traveled to Washington to cast a deciding vote to proceed on Obama’s stimulus package in February 2009, pushing it past a possible Republican filibuster, a key hurdle in the path to becoming law.

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:29 AM

5. McCain was there when Ted Kennedy took his heroic stand.

He watched and took in the whole scene.

Seems he wanted that for himself but he apparently missed the whole point — Ted Kennedy stood up and stood on the principle of the general welfare of the people.

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:33 AM

6. Thanks for posting. Needs a graphic :)


On edit: found one, but it is not the direct comparison of the OP.









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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 10:07 AM

7. Probably right; let's see how the rest of his votes play out.

Not looking good.

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 10:44 AM

8. Found a graphic: So few so hard




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