Chemo Will Keep Kennedy Out of Health Care Debate
Senator calls for legislation to go forward as he starts fresh round of chemotherapy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 3:58 AM CDT
Ted Kennedy listens as President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in Washington earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Ted Kennedy is undergoing a new round of chemotherapy and is expected to miss this month's debate on the health care overhaul he crafted, the Hill reports. The senator has been weakened by his brain cancer treatment, but he has insisted the process move forward during his absence from Capitol Hill. He plans to continue playing a leading role from his Massachusetts home.

"As Sen. Kennedy has said many times, guaranteeing that all Americans have access to affordable and quality healthcare is the cause of his life,” said a spokesman. “He’s been a leader on this issue for 40 years, and he continues to lead. That doesn’t depend on location.”