Thursday, August 27, 2009

Obamacare becomes Kennedycare

Byrd wants health bill renamed for Kennedy

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the only senator to have served longer than the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), mourned his friend Wednesday, saying his “heart and soul weeps.”

Byrd said he hoped healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy.

“I had hoped and prayed that this day would never come,” Byrd said in a statement. “My heart and soul weeps at the lost of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy.”

Byrd’s wistful statement focused on the work accomplished with Kennedy during decades together in the Senate, and called on the healthcare bill before Congress to be renamed in honor of Kennedy.

Story continues: The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

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