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Rep. Kennedy Calls Bill Testimonial to Late Father

Monday, 22 Mar 2010 07:33 AM

Rep. Patrick Kennedy says his late father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, would have been very proud to see the culmination of his dream of virtual universal health care for the country.

Interviewed Monday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," Kennedy said his father "always believed that our country was about expanding opportunity for more and more Americans. . . As he said, this is the unfinished business of America."

The Rhode Island Democrat, who has said he will not run for re-election, called the bill that passed the House Sunday a "consumer-protection" measure that will help middle-class Americans who are too well off to qualify for Medicaid, too young to get into Medicare, and not rich enough to buy any coverage they prefer.

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