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Edward M. Kennedy, LLB Biography

Former US Senator (D-MA)
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

“[Q]uality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face…

This is the cause of my life. It is a key reason that I defied my illness last summer to speak at the Democratic convention in Denver… to make sure, as I said, ‘that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American… will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege’… [I]t goes to the heart of my belief in a just society.”

“‘The Cause of My Life’,” Newsweek, July 18, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-MA), 1962-Aug. 25, 2009
  • Chairman, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Member, Armed Services Committee
  • Member, Judiciary Committee
  • Member, Congressional Joint Economic Committee
  • Member, Congressional Friends of Ireland
  • Trustee, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Close Up Foundation
  • President, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
  • Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1961-1962
  • Private First Class, US Army, 1951-1953
  • Recipient, Four Freedoms Medal, 1999
  • LLB, University of Virginia, 1959
  • Graduated from the Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands), 1958
  • BA, Harvard University, 1956
  • Born on Feb. 22, 1932 in Boston, MA
  • Died on Aug. 25, 2009 after living for 15 months with an incurable brain tumor
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