Press Release

AHA Statement on the Passing of Senator Ted Kennedy

Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association

August 26, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy's respected leadership has impacted many of the great debates of our times.  He was always moving forward, with a profound belief that by working together, we could solve challenges both large and small that confront our nation. 

But nowhere has he had more of an impact than on efforts to improve our nation's health care system.  A friend to hospitals, patients and communities in Massachusetts and across the country, Senator Kennedy fought to improve health care and expand access and coverage for all.  Today, we are on the path to reforming our health care system due in large part to his efforts as a United States senator. 

Despite a devastating illness, Senator Kennedy continued to fight for health care reform.   His extensive knowledge of the health care system and the inner workings of Congress, and his ability to build consensus will be greatly missed as discussions continue on how to best improve health care.  Our hope is that our country will continue Senator Kennedy's important work and reach the goal of coverage for all. 

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