The Inherent Hypocrisy of ‘Kennedycare’

By Rick Saunders
America’s Right

Just when you thought the Democrats’ hypocrisy on the socialized health care fiasco had bottomed out, once again, they prove you wrong.

No one should revel in the death of a U.S. Senator, whoever they were and whatever their past may have been. But now, with the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the Democrats’ hopes for the resuscitation of a moribund HB 3200 fading in the glare of just exactly what the words and vague verbiage of the proposal really portend–from rationed care to increased taxation on everyone without “approved insurance” to end-of-life counseling panels–Kennedy’s death provides to the more strident Democrats just the elixir they were looking for.

Likely even before the body of the Liberal Lion of the Senate cooled to room temperature in Hyannisport, those who would capitalize on his demise from brain cancer had informally re-dubbed the legislation “Kennedycare.” President Barack Obama called him a “defender of a dream” and a “singular figure in history,” adding that “even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve profited as president from his encouragement and wisdom.” Former Vice President Al Gore claimed that “Ted would want nothing more than for his colleagues to continue his life’s work and to make real his dream of quality health care for all Americans.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that “Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration.” Senator Robert Byrd, the only senator to have served longer than Kennedy, went even further and offered the following statement:

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.

Picking up where Byrd left off, Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, urged that Congress “win one for Teddy” by passing the bill.

No offense intended, but Earth to Obots: after all of the accolades and praises pass and rational thought returns to the process, people should acknowledge that the very bill that the Democrats want to force upon the rest of us–the one they want to and will inevitably re-brand “Kennedycare” but to which they wish to remain not subject–would have virtually ensured Kennedy’s death a lot sooner than otherwise occurred. For no other reasons than his age and the nature of his disease, his demise would have been substantially accelerated under the bill being peddled by the Democrats as “reform we can believe in.” Reality check, please.

Had Kennedy not been the beneficiary of the most advanced and sophisticated private medical system the world has ever known and had unfettered access to that system through the preferential treatment accorded to members of Congress, Kennedy would likely have died from his brain cancer shortly after it had been diagnosed in 2008. And the surgery to remove the brain tumor in 2008 would never have happened under HB 3200.

Ted Kennedy was the beneficiary of the best treatment known to man, treatment only a free market system could produce, treatment which substantially extended his life. Yet now the Democrats would want to put his name on a bill which would preclude the middle and lower classes from having access to that same quality care, that would eventually transmogrify the current system into something like that being seen in Britain, where government-run treatment has been described as “neglectful, demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel,” where bed shortages have forced nearly 4,000 expectant mothers to deliver their babies in ambulances, elevators and hospital restrooms and corridors. If Congress truly wanted “reform” in the health care system, it would lead by example and abandon the preferred treatment its members get under its own separate, private health care-based system.

Interestingly, under some of the “versions” of HB 3200 still slithering through the corridors and back rooms of the House, there had been amendments proposed by Republicans which would have mandated that members of Congress enroll in the same plan mere commoners like ourselves would be required to join. Those amendments were ruled “out of order” and not even allowed to be offered. In one version, however, such an amendment was allowed and actually passed in committee. However, when these several versions finally make it to the Rules Committee for “blending” and ultimately land on Speaker Pelosi’s desk, you can bet the ranch that the provision will be stripped and will never see the light of day again on the floor of the House. Under the so-called “leadership” of folks like Nancy “Do as I say” Pelosi (and, for that matter, Harry “Not as I do” Reid), such “good for the goose, good for the gander” reasoning is as foreign to our elected officials as is Swahili to a Klingon.

Quality health care for all Americans will come not by way of the destruction of the private medical health systems of the nation through mandated imposition of a “public
option” (is it just me, or is there something oxymoronic about a mandated “option”?). Rather, it will come as a result of addressing the problematic elements of the existing private system in this nation–a system which, by the way, is the envy of the world–according to the principles of the free market.

Kennedy’s “valiant struggle with a mortal illness,” to quote Mr. Obama, would have been truncated and terminated a lot sooner–repeat, a lot sooner–under the Democrats’ prescription for the rest of us. In short, the “solution” now being hawked by the Democrats is being properly rejected by the American people as being the functional equivalent of 1000+ pages of snake oil. To his credit, Kennedy often had the downtrodden in America on his mind — therefore, it is doubtful that he would have wanted his name associated with snake oil.

Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.



  1. Michele says:

    You know Rick, I was thinking earlier today, if Teddy did what Obama suggests for the rest of us, Teddy would have just received a pain pill because he did not have much time left to contribute to society.

    I am so baffled as to why they want to punish all of us for the few when we have other options to help reform health care w/o a "Government Option".

    I heard today that they will want a copy of our tax returns to see how many credits we will be able to get for "Government Care". This means that along w/ our medical records our tax returns will pretty much be public.

  2. SPARE ME says:

    The ULTIMATE misnomer, Kennedys don't care, or Ted would have rescued Mary Jo, or at least recovered her warm body. Give me a break.

  3. bblackvt says:

    …like we’ve all been saying, it’s not a good proposition. Look at Canada and all other countries that have this type of health reform…it’s not beneficial to folks who truly need good and quick health attention.

  4. SICK OF IT says:

    And Ted could never have been a Marine, BECAUSE THEY LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND.


    Why are legislators canonized? Any of em!? All they do is sit around, pulling in a big salary, and even more in perks, and dream up ways to spend OUR money on other people that don't want to WORK for their money. I JUST DON'T GET IT!

    verification word: eurspoo
    Europe is poo

  6. Anonymous says:

    with all the respect for the deads,america would have done better without this dynasty

  7. Rix says:

    Should that be the moment when I start bragging about my power of prediction? The corpse is not cold yet, and the name is already used by the left as a banner to promote their agenda. Imagine the power of the message (and the amount of crappy legislation rammed down our throats as "legacy") if Obama is snuffed…

  8. Anonymous says:

    if they want to do something to honor ted why not make all cars buoyant.

    that would do more to save a life than this nazi health care agenda.

  9. Courtney says:

    okay, here's another wild thought – haven't seen anything, just my overactive brain….

    Before Dalai Lama (sorry, I really like the rhyming slang) went on vacation, the MSM made a point to ask & report that he wouldn't be visiting Kennedy. And then Kennedy dies while Lama is on vacation. Not saying he actually did anything, but think about it. A lot of staff are up there. And the press was ordered to keep their distance. So it's possible someone did pay a visit to Kennedy…..really, who would suspect foul play when everyone knows he was dying from cancer. Furthermore, who would dare to inquire. Kennedy could have been an unwilling martyr for the "cause" – you know, take one for the team kind of deal.

    The vampire bats certainly did jump on it kind of fast. Just couldn't wait to call it Kennedycare.

    Obamacare – Kennedycare….still the same load of crap.

  10. mujerlatina says:

    Did "Kennedy-Care" abour Mary Jo Kopechne? Did "Kennedy-Care" about the more than 50 million babies who died under his Pro-Choice Legislations? Did "Kennedy-Care" about spending our tax money for his Senate-financed health insurance for palliative care during the last year of his frail elderly life???

  11. Anonymous says:

    Since Byrd initiated the call to rename the bill in order to "win one for Teddy", how about naming it – Teddy Ka_Ka_Kare and while they're at it, why not rewrite the "end of life" section of the bill and call it the "Chappaquiddick Mandate" with a "Kopechne Option".

    If I sound disrespectful towards the SOB, it's because I had no respect for him in life and I'll be damned if I'll bow to him just because he's gone – good riddance. Now they want to make him a martyr for health care, well kiss my a$$! The only thing I'm remembering is Kopechne and his endorsement of "Hussein Obama"!

    Teddy's final legacy is "this administration".

  12. Guesswhat says:

    No matter whose name you use or
    call the Healthcare Reform Bill, it is still the same worse crappy healthcare reform bill. Nothing has changed in it!!!! Why didn't
    they give Ted the "pain pill" instead of wasting all that treatment on someone who was going to die anyway? Thats what Obama
    wants to do to us all.!!

  13. berkshire says:

    After read this blog i realize Ted Kennedy was a main and strongest man of the senate and i think its a great loos of senate.

  14. Lilly says:

    Obama is to narcissistic to re-name it Kennedycare, it has to have Obama on it somewhere.

  15. Georgia Traveler says:

    Mary Jo Kopechnecare is what they should call it.
    As for Ted 'THE LION' Kennedy, just remember that all male lions do is eat, sleep, and mate (can't use the F word). Just what he did most of the time when he wasn't drunk.

  16. SIMBA says:

    Georgia, they also ROAR, as in run their damned mouth endlessly.

  17. T.I.M. says:

    And then there are the cruel ironies:
    "Win one for Teddy" is ripped off from "Win one for the Gipper" — a line spoken by Ronald Reagan–the opposite of Teddy in real life. And then there's Ted's own choice of pets — a Portuguese Water Dog he named "Splash".

  18. BYRD IS OK_K_K says:

    at 12:16

    I can't wait to see what they wanna name after that 200 year old Byrd when he kicks it.

  19. Gail B says:

    Whom do they think they are kidding? Universal healthcare? Call it what they like, but an onion is going to smell like an onion no matter what it's called.

    Universal healthcare? That's a joke. The American people can't even afford a *Bandaid* for every American citizen and illegal alien, much less provide healthcare coverage for all those people.

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  21. goddessdivine says:

    How pathetic to use a man's name before he's cold in his grave to further advance their agenda. The Dems are desperate and will grab at anything. Never let a crises go to waste, right? The irony is, Kennedy's far-left ideals have failed and/or not even made it into mainstream America; attaching his name to this bill will further alienate many folks.

  22. Gail B says:

    "goddess" said,
    How pathetic to use a man's name before he's cold in his grave to further advance their agenda."
    –The reason behind it is that the liberal Dems are so self-admiring that they think that EVERYBODY just LOVES Kennedy, too.

    Well, a Catholic pro-lifer doesn't love him. Did you see this?

    Group questions Catholic funeral for Kennedy–by Pete Chagnon – OneNewsNow – 8/29/2009 4:40:00 AM

    Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, released this statement concerning Senator Kennedy. "We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him, let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event."

    He adds that while Senator Kennedy called himself Catholic, like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden, they are actually wolves in sheep's clothing.

    "They do not hold to the teaching of the church. They, in fact, take every opportunity seemingly to contradict the teaching of our church," Euteneuer says. "So in the case of Senator Edward Kennedy, he was not only against his church's teaching on the issue of abortion, but the same with embryonic stem cell research, the same with gay marriage and various other issues which set him in diametric opposition to his church's very well-defined and clearly articulated teaching."

    Euteneuer says he is speaking out now to remind everyone that Catholics cannot honor a person with a full and public Catholic funeral when, like Senator Kennedy, he really was not.

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