Kennedy's death could impact healthcare reform debate

The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) may have given the topic of healthcare reform, what he called the "cause of my life," broader reach...

The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) may have given the topic of healthcare reform, what he called the "cause of my life," broader reach and it may revitalize the reform debate, reports NPR.

Numerous organizations responded to news of Kennedy's death with statements of support for healthcare reform, including the Service Employees International Union.

Michael Franc, VP of government relations for the Heritage Foundation, told NPR that "'there will be an emotional plea to make this about Sen. Kennedy — to name the bill after him, to inject the notion of sympathy that this could be done for him.'"

Kiki McLean, now a partner and MD in Porter Novelli's Washington office, also weighed in. She told NPR that "in death, Kennedy's legacy and his passionate voice on healthcare may get a wider hearing, as news outlets replay his speeches, focus on his biography, and talk about his commitment to revamping healthcare."

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