Reid: Kennedy’s Death Will Help On Health Care, “He’s An Inspiration To Us”

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September 1, 2009 10:07 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked by the Reno Gazette-Journal what effect Ted Kennedy’s death will have on the health care bill — and Reid said it would help.

“I think it’s going to help us,” said Reid. “He hasn’t been around for some time,” he added, seemingly in response to the (unstated) issue of Kennedy’s vote getting lost. Reid also said the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will have a new chairman, either Chris Dodd or Tom Harkin.

“He’s an inspiration for us,” Reid said of Kennedy. “That was the issue of his life and he didn’t get it done.”

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