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May 19, 2009

KENNEDY'S CANCER IN REMISSION.... A friend told me this afternoon, "God clearly wants health care reform to happen." It was in reference to the good news from the Hill.

Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain cancer is in remission and the Massachusetts Democrat is expected back in the Senate after the Memorial Day recess, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he spoke with Kennedy's wife and was told the 77-year-old lawmaker will return to work full time during the first week of June.

Kennedy, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has been mostly absent from the chamber for the past year, recovering in Florida and Massachusetts. He is expected to lead a markup of highly anticipated health reform legislation in his first month back -- one of the biggest bills of the year and a signature domestic initiative for President Obama.

Kennedy will reportedly receive a few more treatments before returning to work in June, but Reid told reporters, "He's doing fine."

The Politico added, "Reid gave Kennedy an office right next to the Senate chamber at the beginning of this session of Congress so he could be close to the floor to work on his signature initiative -- health care reform -- and it looks like he'll have a chance to be fully engaged when that debate heats up this summer."

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, added that Kennedy will chair the committee markup on the health care bill upon his return.

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This isn't quite the good news that it sounds like. For glioblastoma multiforme, the sort of brain cancer Kennedy has, "in remission" means, essentially, a brief plateau before getting worse. Unless he's receiving some experimental treatment much better than the current Temodar + radiation regime, he's likely to have three or four additional months to live, not three or four aditional years.

Posted by: ACS on May 19, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

ACS, I doubt anyone, including Ted Kennedy, ever thought he'd live three or four more years. Health care is his thing. He's going to get a chance to work some more on it. That's going to have to be enough.

Posted by: shortstop on May 19, 2009 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

What kind of message does this send about government provided health care?

Posted by: doubtful on May 19, 2009 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Well, I'm glad about the remission. I'm sure he'll make the most of it. He's a good man.

Posted by: phoebes-in-santa fe on May 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

God bless Sen. Kennedy

Posted by: G.Kerby on May 19, 2009 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Some years ago my cousin went to the the US of A to work as an au pair. She had a letter of recommandation signed "United States Senator Ted Kennedy" with her. Worked miracles with customs ... :-)

May he live to see the day of universal health care in the US ... Godspeed, Edward.

Regards.

Posted by: Ole on May 19, 2009 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

Even brain cancer has a liberal bias?!?!

But seriously, it's fantastic to think that Sen. Kennedy will have an opportunity to work on healthcare legislation.

Posted by: short fuse on May 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Trying to find a way to keep the profiteering going but on a smaller scale(than normal= billions rather than trillions). Real HC reform is a no brainer and easily implemented. The problem is the profiteers retribution if they are left out but a successful plan means eliminating them completely.

Only a single payer not for profit HC ins plan that covers all is reform...anything else is just appeasement

Posted by: bjobotts on May 19, 2009 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

What wonderful news!

Posted by: Raenelle on May 19, 2009 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

"What kind of message does this send about government provided health care?"
Posted by: doubtful on May 19, 2009 at 4:28 PM |

God damn it doubtful...it's not "government provided health 'care' ". It's single payer HC "insurance". Get it straight. You still choose your care.

Posted by: bjobotts on May 19, 2009 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

Real bad news for health reform advocates. Real bad. Despite the decades of the corporate media very carefully nurturing his image as some sort of "progressive", in fact Kennedy is one of the most corrupt and right-wing people in Congress. Even a cursory review of his financial history will prove the extent of his corruption, if anyone cared to look. And he's been in the pocket of the health care industry for decades, always willing to use his name and power to block meaningful reform. All he ever does is mouth platitudes, but behind the scenes, he's the ultimate corporate creep.

It's too bad people can't take off their rose-colored glasses and see this decrepit old drunk and loser as the fraud that he is. But the evidence is there to see for people who want the truth and not the corporate propaganda. Look at his record, look at his finances, look at his enormous wealth and wonder where it came from. If people would just look closely they would find more than ample evidence that he is not what he claims to be, or what the corporate media continually trumpets him as. Think for yourself people. Don't let the corporates take over your mind.

Posted by: mike on May 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

Mmmmm, I love the smell of concern in the evening.

Posted by: Susan Johnson on May 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

"this decrepit old drunk and loser"

Woopsie. The John McCain article was before this one.

Posted by: MissMudd on May 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, thanks for posting this. I was sitting in the hospital waiting for a procedure when I caught the murmer "ted kennedy" and "brain tumor" from the ambient tvs but I couldn't hear enought to tell what was going on. I'm thrilled that what I feared was the start of the bad news is, relatively speaking, good news. I'm not really a very sentimental person but g-d bless kennedy and may he live long enough to get us national health care. Being a serious senator is damned hard work and I admire him more than I can say for always going right back into the ring and fighting for the right, even against family and personal tragedy, time and time again.

aimai

Posted by: aimai on May 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

Good man! He killed Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969 and ran away and did not try to save her and had his family cover it up!
Joe Kennedy made all his money illegaly running alchol during prohibition! Where are you sticking your heads in?

Posted by: Arthur on May 19, 2009 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, to add to that Joe Kennedy senior called in markers from the likes of Sam Giancana a chicago mobster and people wonder why the brothers were assinated,they(the mob) thought they had an in with the Presidency but RFK would not play and the rest is history. Play with the Devil and you will get burned. The tragedy of the Kennedy's is karma coming to get yah,lol. No pity from me at all.
I bet with all his money did he ever not take the peoples money! I wish him his just deserts,amen

Posted by: Arthur on May 19, 2009 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

Joe Kennedy made all his money illegaly running alchol during prohibition! -- Arthur, @21:31

OK. I'll pass on your excessive use of now-legal alcohol (as evidenced in the typos). But, now that you've dragged the old bulls -- whose "hockey pucks" fed the genealogical trees which sprung from their loins -- into the conversation... Care to tell us, as succinctly, where Prescott Bush made *his* money?

Posted by: exlibra on May 19, 2009 at 11:14 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of running booze during prohibition, I must remind grumpy old Arthur where his beloved NASCAR got its start: running booze during prohibition.

Posted by: MissMudd on May 19, 2009 at 11:25 PM | PERMALINK

To me,all politicians are freeloaders,get big bucks to nearly do nothing and we idiots pay them for life! We have given Pakistan ten BILLION dollars and now want to give them 100 million for humanitarian assistance? TWO YEARS AGO THEY COULD NOT COME UP WITH A PALTRY 125 MILLION for the Dept of Veteran Affairs! So I guess we fix everyone elses problems but our own...And they still hate US.

Posted by: Arthur on May 20, 2009 at 4:33 AM | PERMALINK

To me,all politicians are freeloaders,get big bucks to nearly do nothing and we idiots pay them for life! We have given Pakistan ten BILLION dollars and now want to give them 100 million for humanitarian assistance? TWO YEARS AGO THEY COULD NOT COME UP WITH A PALTRY 125 MILLION for the Dept of Veteran Affairs! So I guess we fix everyone elses problems but our own...And they still hate US.

Posted by: Arthur on May 20, 2009 at 4:35 AM | PERMALINK

Ehh,Sorry! I got a message that it did not go through,blame Al Gore he invented the internet! LOL

Posted by: Arthur on May 20, 2009 at 4:40 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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