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Friday, July 17, 2009

Kennedy Absent for Debate Close to his Heart: Health Care

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, has not been on Capitol Hill since April. Colleagues routinely lament his absence, which has been especially painful to Mr. Kennedy, the committee chairman, who has spent much of his career trying to expand health coverage. People close to Mr. Kennedy marvel at how his fight for his life could coincide so dramatically with what may be the culminating summer of his life’s cause. “It’s been a miraculous story,” said Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut.

link: Kennedy’s Absent Voice on Health Bill Resonates -


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