Obama Phones Ted Kennedy’s Widow And Others After Senate Health Care Passage


President Obama called several members of Congress and symbolic figureheads of the health care debate after the Senate passed health care this morning.

The White House said Obama called Vicki Reggie Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, and David Turner of Little Rock, Arkansas. Turner’s health insurance was rescinded in January of last year, after his insurance company went back into his record and alleged that he failed to disclose his full medical record at the time he applied for coverage, the White House said.

“Mr. Turner was the First Lady’s guest at the President’s address to the joint session of Congress in September of 2009,” the White House said. “The President told Mr. Turner that stories like his motivate him every day to keep working on health insurance reform, and he assured Mr. Turner that he will continue to work to pass health legislation to ban rescission and other abusive practices.”

Obama also phoned: Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Robert Byrd, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Tom Harkin, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Roland Burris.