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Video: Ted Kennedy, in 1971, Fights for Health-Care Reform Against Nixon, Insurers

Greg Sargent at the Plum Line writes:

Ted Kennedy has been fighting for health care reform for a very, very, very long time. A friend unearths some video of Kennedy arguing for a national health insurance system way back in 1971 -- and slamming Richard Nixon's just-introduced health care plan as a giveaway to the insurance companies.

As an added bonus, Kennedy is introduced by none other than Walter Cronkite, who also passed away recently, underscoring the degree to which an era has drawn to a close.

Kennedy appears about a minute and a half in, and slams Nixon's plan by saying it will "provide billions of dollars to the health insurance companies."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 26, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
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Funny, isn't it, that the R's have been fighting anything that would make health care affordable for all since 1971 ?

And the only time something gets done for the good of the people that need it most, it's the dems that get it passed ?

Gee, here we go again. It's going to be a tougher fight this time because the dollars are so much larger and the R's so much more ignorant.

Posted by: dennissuper | August 27, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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