August 26th, 2009
03:06 PM ET

Kennedy to lie in repose in Boston, be buried at Arlington

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John King
CNN Chief National Correspondent

Three sources close to the Kennedy family say Sen. Ted Kennedy will lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy presidential library in Boston.

A procession Friday will travel from the library to the Mission Church in Boston, where a funeral mass will be held. Kennedy will be buried Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery, also the final resting place of his brothers John and Robert Kennedy.


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August 26th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
August 26th, 2009
02:11 PM ET

Kennedy: 'The cause of my life'

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Edward M. Kennedy
For Newsweek

In 1964, I was flying with several companions to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention when our small plane crashed and burned short of the runway. My friend and colleague in the Senate, Birch Bayh, risked his life to pull me from the wreckage. Our pilot, Edwin Zimny, and my administrative assistant, Ed Moss, didn't survive. With crushed vertebrae, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, I spent months in New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. To prevent paralysis, I was strapped into a special bed that immobilizes a patient between two canvas slings. Nurses would regularly turn me over so my lungs didn't fill with fluid. I knew the care was expensive, but I didn't have to worry about that. I needed the care and I got it.

Now I face another medical challenge. Last year, I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Surgeons at Duke University Medical Center removed part of the tumor, and I had proton-beam radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital. I've undergone many rounds of chemotherapy and continue to receive treatment. Again, I have enjoyed the best medical care money (and a good insurance policy) can buy.

But quality care shouldn't depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to.

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Filed under: Health Care • Sen. Ted Kennedy
August 26th, 2009
02:05 PM ET

Kennedy was a worthy adversary

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Ed Rollins
CNN Contributor

The political arena is an emptier place today. A brave and courageous warrior has left the battlefield. He will not be quickly forgotten or replaced.

With the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, a political dynasty comes to an end. His idealism and his legislative accomplishments will live on and another generation will be inspired by his life's works, but for the foreseeable future there will be no one like Ted Kennedy in the Senate or on the national stage. And no one on the horizon is there to take his place. Not even President Obama.

The great liberal Lion of the Senate has roared his last howl and American politics will be much less for his passing.
I say this as a Republican and a Reagan conservative who opposed most of what Ted Kennedy spent his entire life trying to accomplish. But he was first and foremost a worthy opponent who with the help of his extraordinary Senate staff always came prepared.

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Filed under: Ed Rollins • Sen. Ted Kennedy
August 26th, 2009
01:39 PM ET

How Ted Kennedy Found Himself

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Joe Klein

He seemed a ghost the day I met him. It was Memorial Day, 1970. He was dressed in a black suit, white shirt, black tie. He was still wearing a back brace from the Chappaquiddick accident and he moved stiffly, like a robot cartoon of a politician. He didn't smile, seemed grim even when shaking hands with the civilians; his demeanor was all the more striking because we were at a classic grip-and-grin event, the annual Greek picnic in Lowell, Mass. All sorts of politicians were there, including two who would run for President themselves — Michael Dukakis and Paul Tsongas. The pols gadded about with antic smiles and jackets hooked over their shoulders, ties loosened, sleeves rolled up, trying to look like Kennedys, trying to look ... like him. His family defined political style and vigor for a generation of politicians. But at that moment, and for years after, Ted Kennedy seem to writhe in the public eye.

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Filed under: Sen. Ted Kennedy
August 26th, 2009
12:22 PM ET

Video: Katrina case still unsolved?

Program Note: Four years after Katrina, what is New Orleans like now? Some residents continue to face challenges as the Big Easy keeps trying to rebuild. Take a look at In Depth: After the Storm. And to learn about ways you can make a difference, visit Impact Your World.

Filed under: Drew Griffin • Hurricane Katrina • New Orleans
August 26th, 2009
11:57 AM ET

Ted Kennedy a true believer

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Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

In one of the funniest scenes in the film "The Big Lebowski," the hot-headed Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman, explains to the Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, how much he hates nihilists because they don't believe in anything, they have no "ethos."

Unfortunately, many Americans share these sentiments about our politicians. Too often, the political system seems biased toward elected officials who only care about re-election. Politicians are eager to please interest groups who contribute to their campaign funds and activist organizations who will deliver the vote.

Americans suspect that a majority of politicians are willing to switch their position on any given day, depending on which way the political winds are blowing. Everyone, we sometimes fear, is a flip-flopper.

This was certainly not the case with Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy. He was a refreshing presence in Washington for many Americans, even those on the right who hated the political ideas that he championed. Love him or hate him, as Walter Sobchak might say, at least Kennedy stood for something.

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August 26th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

The Healthcare Hostage Crisis: Are we getting better care?

Editor's Note: This article continues our 8-part series excerpted from the "Healthcare Hostage Crisis" chapter of AC360° contributor David Gewirtz's upcoming book, How To Save Jobs, which will be available in October. To learn more about the book, follow David on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/DavidGewirtz. Last week we looked at how much this all costs. This week, we'll start looking whether the extra money we spend is getting us better care.

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David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Publishing

Since America spends far more on health care than any other country, it stands to reason we should be healthier here than people are anywhere else in the world. But are we? Is our health care system working so well, it's worth the vastly greater cost?

One way to answer that is to look at spending variations within the United States. The Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending report released in February 2008 by the Congressional Budget Office compared health care spending across the country. Here's what they concluded about the quality of more expensive health care:

Areas with higher-than-expected Medicare spending per beneficiary tend to score no better and, in some cases, score worse than other areas do on process-based measures of quality and on some measures of health outcomes.

Patterns of treatment in high-spending areas tend to be more intensive than in low-spending areas. That is, in high-spending areas a broader array of patients will receive costly treatments. Those treatment patterns appear to improve health outcomes for some types of patients, but worsen outcomes for others.

Another study, published in the April 2004 issue of the Health Affairs policy journal, reinforced the counter-intuitive observation that higher cost doesn't necessarily yield higher quality. Researchers Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra found:

If spending per Medicare beneficiary increased by $1,000 in a state, there was an associated decrease in most measures of "good" medical practice, including, for example, the share of heart attack patients who were given aspirin (a 3.6 percentage point decrease) or offered advice about smoking cessation (6.8 percentage points) at discharge, the share of pneumonia patients who received antibiotics within 8 hours of arrival at the hospital (2.0 percentage points), and the share of diabetes patients whose blood sugar concentrations were evaluated (3.2 percentage points).

Three years later, in 2007, researcher Chandra paired up with Douglas Staiger. Their article, "Productivity Spillovers in Health Care: Evidence from the Treatment of Heart Attacks" in the Journal of Political Economy looked at how heart attacks were treated in high-spending areas vs. lower-spending areas.


Filed under: David Gewirtz • Health Care
August 26th, 2009
11:02 AM ET

How Kennedy shook up politics in the Granite state

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Jennifer Donahue
Political Director, New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Senator Edward Kennedy shook up the New Hampshire Primary for 50 years, from stumping for his brother, John F. Kennedy in 1960, to running against Carter in 1980, and then helping Barack Obama in 2008.

In the most recent New Hampshire primary, Kennedy surprised observers when he endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama instead of then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Stumping in the Granite state for Obama will be the last campaign Kennedy affected, but not the first.

On December 14, 1979, Senator Edward Kennedy officially entered the New Hampshire primary himself, running for president against incumbent President Jimmy Carter. The results of the New Hampshire Primary in 1980 were surprisingly close, given that Kennedy was challenging a sitting President. Carter won with 47 percent of the vote; Kennedy was 10 points behind him with 37 percent.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Sen. Ted Kennedy
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