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Senator Ted Kennedy’s Health Care Legacy

Last night, our country lost one of the most important public servants in U.S. history, Senator Ted Kennedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Vickie, his children, First Lady Maria Shriver, the Governor and the entire Kennedy family. The nation and the world have lost a leader with unparalleled passion for social justice and equality, and his legacy will live on in the many lives and hearts he touched. They will carry the flame of justice and service forward.

Senator Kennedy fought for health care access for every American. In the 1990s, he was one of the lead architects of S-CHIP, which has provided millions of low-income children with the health care they deserve, and he tirelessly promoted universal coverage throughout his career. As Kennedy said during his riveting address at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year:

“This is the cause of my life – new hope, that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American – north, south, east, west, young, old – will have decent quality health care as a fundamental right and not as a privilege.”

More over the flip…

To honor Senator Kennedy, Senator Robert Byrd has proposed naming the health care reform package after Kennedy. As we mourn the loss of a great man, we must continue the work that is required to make sure his lifelong cause is accomplished. Senator Kennedy’s passing gives renewed focus to the need to pass meaningful health care reform that includes the public option. If he were still with us today, he would agree that there is no more fitting a tribute to his legacy. As Dr. Howard Dean said today, “When President Obama signs a healthcare reform bill late this year, Ted Kennedy may not be standing there next to him, but his presence will be deeply apparent in the Oval Office as the President’s pen moves across the page.”

John Garamendi is the Lieutenant Governor of California. He was California’s first elected State Insurance Commissioner.

Michael Savage plays Dead Kennedys song “in some respect for” Sen. Kennedy

Title stolen from Media Matters.  They listen to right-wing talk radio to keep an eye on what they are saying thank goodness.  Today in the wake of the announcement that Sen. Teddy Kennedy has a brain tumor Michael Savage decided to play the Dead Kennedys “in some respect for” the Senator.  Here is the Media Matter’s summary.  You can listen to it on their site and read the full transcript.  digg it

On the day it was announced that Sen. Ted Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage opened his show by interspersing audio of Kennedy singing “Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes” with clips of news reporters discussing Kennedy’s diagnosis and audio from Kindergarten Cop in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character says, “It’s not a tumor.” Later, Savage played the Dead Kennedys song “California Über Alles” after stating: “The poor guy’s been suffering for years, you know? Unfairly he’s been accused of alcoholism, but we see now that it was something much more deep-seated. And so, to cut this out in some respect for Ted Kennedy, here’s a tune coming at you from the Dead Kennedys. Go ahead and play it, please.”

This is absolutely despicable.  Senator Kennedy is revered on both sides of the aisle as a “senator’s senator” and is at least partially responsible for just about every major piece of positive legislation in the past 40 years.  He will go into the history books as one of the greatest and most influencial Senators in United States history.  While Savage may not like his politics, Sen. Kennedy is owed respect, especially this day of all days.

That wasn’t all Savage had to say.

At one point in the program, he told a caller, “You know I’m playing the Dead Kennedys not to mock Ted Kennedy. It’s just appropriate, that’s all.”

You know what is appropriate…for Savage’s advertisers and the stations that cary him to hear from you.  Savage is SF based and aired all over the state.  According to this site, these stations carry Savage’s radio show.

KNEW Oakland

KFMB San Diego

KERN Bakersfield

KSTE Rancho Cordova

KIXW Apple Valley

KTIE San Bernardino

KFMB San Diego

KFMB San Diego

If anyone listens in during his show tomorrow, please make a note of his advertisers and let us know.  I have to assume that this is going to be a blogosphere wide project in the coming days.