July 27th, 2009
04:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Spokesman: Kennedy talking health care with Obama

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Sen. Ted Kennedy has been pushing health care reform from his home and speaking to President Obama about the legislation.
Sen. Ted Kennedy has been pushing health care reform from his home and speaking to President Obama about the legislation.

(CNN) – Ailing Senator Ted Kennedy, trying to help push health care reform as he recovers at his Massachusetts home from brain cancer, is talking to President Obama about the legislation.

Kennedy spokesman Anthony Coley confirmed to CNN that the President and Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) have spoken twice in the last two weeks.

Coley said Kennedy is closely watching developments on Capitol Hill from his home on Cape Cod. He monitors health care reform congressional hearings on television and reads daily news clips on the issue sent to him by his office staff, Coley said.

Meanwhile, the 77-year-old senator was spotted sailing this weekend in the waters near the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port.

Kennedy boarded his sailboat the "Mya" late Sunday afternoon, wearing an orange jacket, blue jeans, tennis shoes, sunglasses, and a white cap to protect his head and neck. He was surrounded by family members, including sons Ted Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

Photographer David G. Curren said Kennedy appeared stronger than a week earlier. Kennedy rode a golf cart to get to the boat at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club. But he was able to stand up and get onto the boat with someone holding on to him.

Curren said Kennedy was in good spirits, and the photographerer said he was struck by Kennedy's wide smile. He said Kennedy goes on the water whenever he can, "and you can tell it's what he loves to do. He's generally smiling" when he sails.

The senator and his family were on Nantucket Sound for a few hours Sunday aboard his 50-foot boat.


Filed under: Health care • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Beverly in NC

    I am so happy Sen Kennedy is still able to participate in the coming healthcare reform. It has been his life's work and he has fought for it for more than 30 years. When it is passed this year the Reform Bill should be named in his honor.

    July 27, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. johnnie

    Oh Yes, it is done

    July 27, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. ck

    One question,

    Would Ted be willing to accept the same health care options that we are going to get??

    I highly doubt it.

    That should make you all think!

    Enough of the Dem/Rep bickering. We are talking about a plan that will mess with your lives.

    July 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    They should make a movie of that conversation. They could title it: "The Audacity of Corruption".

    July 27, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Larry

    Senator Kennedy has been a proponent of health care reform since the '70's.

    When this bill gets signed we'll have him to thank, as well as President obama for persistence beyond anything I've ever seen.

    Thanks to both of you for taking care of this very important matter.

    July 27, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Proud Member..Party of No

    Maybe we should try out the Obama healthcare plan on Ted. No more treatments, Ted. The Obama "end of life" policy calls for the doc to give you a couple of aspirin and call it good. Don't complain, Ted...think of all the money you are saving the rest of us. We all have to sacrifice. See you in the afterlife.

    July 27, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Jay

    OK lets put this Healthcare thing where Little Teddy puts his secretaries. In the BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN.

    OH CAN I HAVE TEDS LEVEL OF COVERAGE TOO???

    July 27, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    Healthcare should be a right of every American Citizen, not a privilege.

    We are already paying for healthcare for those without it, every time they are sick and go to the emergency room. We pay through our taxes and higher healthcare costs.

    What I want to ask the pro-life-conservatives is: how can you be pro-life and want to deny your neighbor healthcare?

    July 27, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Melissa

    Well good, but what position is he taking exactly? Its not news to just say "he's talking with someone". How about a real news story?

    July 27, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. J.P.

    Look at that picture... I'd be careful about riding over a body of water on a bridge with Ted Kennedy. I'm just sayin'...

    July 27, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Predicta

    Hey Ted..under Obama care you wouldn't get Chemo for a brain tumor at 80. It will be considered a poor investment, as your life expectancy wouldn't be more than 5 years, even if you survive the tumor. You'll probably get a visit from a rep of the new health advisory board, letting you know which hospice to check into for your final exit.

    July 27, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Albo58

    Like the president, Kennedy has never been one to pass up the opportunity to lavishly spend the taxpayers money! Fortunately, Father Time is now catching up with the far left thief and he may not return to the Senate. He is the poster child for term limits and the abuses of power...good riddance!

    July 27, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Given Kennedy's diagnosis, it seems his gov't run health care is doing a pretty decent job, eh? I believe they call it "borrowed time." It's the same reason Darth Cheney is still running around, what with his robot heart and atrophied soul.

    July 27, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. skyhawkdriver

    The hero of chappaquittic has not paid one cent for his healthcare since being a member of the senate..we pay for this from our bloated tax system..it is government healthcare that is managed by a private corporation..if the united states government has health care that it doesn't trust itself to manage than why should we trust the government to manage our healthcare??

    July 27, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. D J Schaeffer

    RECOVER??? How stupid are you? There is no recovery.

    Someone wanting you to believe that he has any ability to contribute to this circus.

    July 27, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Oh no – Umbama is going to use Kennedy's poor health as a photo-op again.

    July 27, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Jon

    Since Teddy (the lyin of the Senate) Kennedy isn't actually fulfilling his duties I say stop paying him and take away his health insurance.

    July 27, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Success

    Thank God this country is still blessed with one of d most dedicated proponents of d welfare of our nation like sen Ted. Obama's courage in tackling this health care reform is d most pragmatic approach 2 be taken by any president in the history of this country. Long live Ted! God prosper Obama! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    July 27, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |