Jimmy Carter: Ted Kennedy killed health reform

So much for lionizing Ted Kennedy’s role in getting us Universal Health Care in this country.  I was never as big a fan of any of the Kennedy clan as many of my friends.  Every time I listened to them that Phil Ochs record “Love me, I’m a liberal” would cue up on my mental turn table.
From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/carter-kennedy-killed-health-reform/

By Raw Story
Thursday, September 16th, 2010 — 6:04 pm

Ted Kennedy, the iconic senator from Massachusetts who passed away last year, was responsible for the failure of then-President Jimmy Carter’s health reform plan in the 1970s, the result of a personal rivalry between the two politicians, Carter says.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, to be broadcast Sunday and previewed at the CBS News site, Carter asserted that Kennedy was determined to see Carter fail as president, apparently in an effort to boost his own chances of taking the White House in 1980.

“The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy’s deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed,” he told CBS’ Leslie Stahl. “It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill.”

Kennedy “did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of life,” Carter said. Stahl quoted an excerpt from the diary Carter kept as president:

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