Honor Kennedy By Doing What He Did, Not What He Said
posted at 11:32 am on August 26, 2009 by Laura Curtis
Back when Senator Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer, evidently my post noting the news was the harshest Slate could find on the conservative web. The right certainly displayed more decency than the left did upon hearing of Tony Snow’s diagnosis. Slate said I was “on guard for hagiography.” And now that Kennedy has died, I have not been disappointed.
I have empathy for the Kennedy family. I spent all day Monday at a funeral and the following reception, and it’s not like I’ve forgotten what grief is. It’s a sad day and I will certainly pray for them. But since the left is not hesitating to use his death to forward their political goals, I will match their level of respect by pointing out an inconvenient truth.
Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a form of cancer where patients typically live about a year after diagnosis. In spite of the fact that he was old, obese, and a heavy drinker without any serious hope of recovery even with massive healthcare expenditures, he did not go home and take pain pills. On the contrary, he quickly assembled a team of more than a dozen experts from academic centers all over the country, and decided to have a surgery that the experts were sharply divided on. He utilized an option that will never be available to the rest of us if the left succeeds in providing “Medicare for all.”
So I’ll honor Senator Ted Kennedy by fighting for my right to emulate him in accessing health care to the extent that I want to and can afford.