March 5th, 2009
02:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Kennedy returns to Washington as health care reform heats up

Sen. Edward Kennedy announced in 2008 that he had a brain tumor in his left parietal lobe.

Sen. Edward Kennedy announced in 2008 that he had a brain tumor in his left parietal lobe.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has been recuperating from brain cancer surgery, was back in Washington on Thursday as President Obama set out to tackle a major domestic policy item on his increasingly loaded plate - health care reform.

Kennedy, 77, suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Shortly afterward, doctors diagnosed a brain tumor. He has been holed up in Massachusetts to recover, rarely returning to Washington.

On Inauguration Day, the senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts again suffered a seizure, this time at a luncheon for members of Congress and the newly inaugurated President Obama.

But according to aides, Kennedy has been meeting with his staff multiple times a day, and is actively engaged in directing and coordinating movement on his committee on health care reform.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ran

    Good to see him back and I hope we can get health care reform before he is truly gone.

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. a REAL American

    Can any liberal here tell me why everytime Rush Limbaugh's name comes up I see dozens of comments about "it's the Oxycontin talking" or "he's a druggie", but no one happens to mention that Senator Kennedy is also an addict/alcoholic (once an addict, always an addict) who killed someone?

    Can you explain the hypocrisy?

    March 5, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Jobless

    Kennedy has turned the US Senate into a federal nursing home. Of course he has help in this regard from Byrd, Spector and Bunning. Time to give someone else the chance to serve and enact term limits.

    March 5, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Cali Girl

    Congrats Senator on your Honorary Knighthood 😉

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. digger

    His brain is rotting, his judgement can't be trusted.

    March 5, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Ken

    GO BACK HOME!

    March 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. ready

    I pray God of mercy will heal him amen

    March 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. chuckles199

    thought he had left the earth to meet the JUDGE on mary jo's murder!

    March 5, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. southerncousin

    Will he have to cross any bridges?

    March 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. laughing republican

    Why is Britain "knighting" a murderer????????

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Little too late????

    Mother of Pearl and all things good, Ted...RETIRE!!! Enjoy your hard-earned retirement!!!!

    March 5, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. glad to see you back

    hope you are feeling well

    March 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. INDEPENDANT VET

    lET HIM GO . FOR HE PROBABLEY NEVER EVEN PURCHASED A SINGLE FLOWER FOR MARY JOE.

    ALL HE EVER CRRED ABOUT WAS SEX , PORK AN PLAY LIKE HE WANTS, WITH ALL HIS RELATIVES , RAPE A FEW , THATS OK TOO.

    NOW HE WANTS TO SHOUVE EVERYONE DOWN THE TUBE, WITH ALL HIS PORK, PORK . FLIP THE PAGE AN YOU WILL SEE MORE PORK . WRIGHT PELOSI. HARRY AN BARRACK CARELESS , JUST STAND UP YEAA YEAA WE JUST SCREWED THE PUBLIC AGAIN. WRIGHT ? MADAM PELOSI

    March 5, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    Please God, don't take him home until we have healthcare reform.

    March 5, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Get Real

    Why is he STILL in office? Is this the best MA can come up with besides Kerry?

    March 5, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. connie

    you said Ken-go home murderer. If we get national health you won't be getting a paycheck. everyone thinks its the best thing then explain why so many canadians are moving to usa for better health care.

    March 5, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |