December 9, 1978
Senator Kennedy on Health Care
“I had a father that was touched by a stroke and sick for seven years. I had a son that was touched by cancer. Extraordinary health bills – it would’ve obliterated and wiped out the savings of any family, mortgaged their savings. Seven months in the hospital I was with a broken back and received the very best of health care. I’ve been able to receive it for myself and for my family. We’ve got the very best, all of us at the tip of the iceberg. But I want every delegate at this convention to understand that as long as I am a vote and as long as I am a voice in the United States Senate, it’s going to be for that Democratic platform plank that provides decent, quality health care north and south, east and west for all Americans as a matter of right and not a privilege.”
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