Kennedy Pushing Health Reform From Sickbed

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2009 5:43 AM CDT
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington in March.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – After fighting for universal health care for 46 years, brain cancer has forced Sen. Ted Kennedy to lead the final charge from his sickbed, reports the Los Angeles Times. From his Cape Cod home, Kennedy, 77, watches Washington hearings online, and will cast his vote on healthcare reform on the Senate floor in a wheelchair or perhaps in a bed.

Kennedy said universal health care is "my life's cause," and is using the expensive treatment of his own illness—a malignant brain tumor diagnosed last spring—as an example of why the legislation is needed. "Every American should be able to get the same treatment that US senators are entitled to," he said.