Over on the main site, Jeffrey Lord argues that conservatives would not be honoring Ted Kennedy by letting the Democrats ram through a health care bill. Another point to consider is that this is not the approach Kennedy himself usually used in passing important legislation, especially on health care. He preferred to find at least a small number of Republicans in order to pass an incremental bill in a bipartisan way — see Kennedy-Kassebaum and his partnership with Orrin Hatch on SCHIP.
That’s not to say Ted Kennedy wouldn’t have preferred the biggest-government health care plan possible, or even that his incremental pieces of legislation were good policy. But people talking about the Ted Kennedy way are ignoring a lot of what made him not just a liberal ideologue but also a successful legislator.
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