Late Tuesday night Senator Ted Kennedy, the last of the Kennedy brothers who helped to define modern American politics, died after over a year of being diagnosed with malignant brain cancer.
Not surprisingly Ted Kennedy was active right up until the last and stayed living up to his name. Next month he was scheduled to release an autobiography, had been working on a succession plan for when he decided to leave his senate seat, and was a supporter for health care reform. Despite his illness Kennedy was a huge and outspoken supporter of the election of President Obama. He used his political clout, family name and immense respect he had built up as the third longest seated senator to call people to vote for Obama. He left his hospital bed to go to the convention where he spoke in favor of Obama and even ended up having a seizure on inauguration day.
On top of that, even though he was sick he used the fact that he had the means to get health care for his sickness to highlight the problems with health care in this country. Wouldn't it be poetic justice if we could get more equal and better health care for everyone in his honor.