August 31st, 2009
03:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele: No guilt trip after Kennedy death

Steele said Americans shouldn't be 'guilted' into passing health care reform.
Steele said Americans shouldn't be 'guilted' into passing health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said Monday that Americans shouldn't be "guilted" into passing health care reform because of the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Steele was asked in an interview on ABCNews.com what he thought of liberals using Kennedy's memory as a rallying cry to pass health care reform.

"I can see it and I understand why the Democrats and particularly the left are doing it," Steele said. "He was a champion of this issue for a long, long time."

But Steele said he is "not of the mind to reform health care for the sake of anyone's memory."

"While I admire the legacy of Sen. Ted Kennedy, I disagree with his view of health care for this country," he said. "That's part of the debate."

He added: "But I don't want to see this country guilted into health care reform because of the passing, the unfortunate passing, of a great senator."


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. John in WV

    If republicans want a bi-partisan solution to health care reform, why do they not propose legislation that would prohibit employers that provide insurance from opting for a public option. Prohibit the wealthy from going from a private to public option. Then pass a public option for disabled, low income and unemployed based upon income?

    August 31, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Chez in AR

    Steele is a complete joke of a politician.............HEALTH CARE REFORM WILL BE REFORMED REGARDLESS!!!!

    August 31, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Tim

    You are an idiot!!!

    August 31, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Democrat from Chicago

    This guy is a twisted loser!

    August 31, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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