26 August 2009

Byrd calls for Health Bill to be named for Kennedy

TPM reports Robert Byrd is calling for the Health bill to be named after Kennedy. Perhaps there will be a 'galvanizing' effect. Could it be that Kennedy's death will act as a catalyst to shame Blue Dogs into voting for the bill, which can maybe be beefed up a bit in view of that? Obama could give a speech saying that we must honor the memory of Teddy Kennedy by passing a bill that includes meaningful health care choices for all Americans, i.e. public option. Or is that just wishful thinking?

I gotta say, if the White House doesn't get it that the President has to appeal directly to the American people, and explain exactly what effect the bill will and will not have in ordinary terms everyone can understand, and soon, I think the whole thing is doomed.

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