the liberal lion sleeps

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In his remarks his morning, President Obama called the late Ted Kennedy, a recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, "the greatest United States Senator of our time:" "For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts." Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) has suggested that the healthcare reform bill should be renamed after his late Senate companion:

In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American.

A decade after he first introduced universal healthcare legislation, Kennedy said at the 1980 Democratic National Convention:

"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

Harold Meyerson eulogized Kennedy as "Keeper of the Liberal Flame" at American Prospect, in which that speech figures prominently. Barely a month ago, Kennedy recounted his four-decade effort for healthcare reform, and declared that:

...quality care shouldn't depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to.

This is the cause of my life.

A healthcare reform bill needs to be passed (without the support of Republicants if necessary) as soon as possible--and naming it after the Lion of the Senate is only fitting.

May his roar echo through the halls of Congress, and inspire them to action.

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