Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy
Inducted in 2010
Known as the “Lion of the Senate,” Kennedy was dubbed with many other labels over the years. The ultimate liberal. A pragmatic and dogged worker. But Kennedy may be best known for his ability to buck convention and reach across partisan lines to find consensus on issues. Healthcare was a signature issue for the Massachusetts Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate for 47 years. “Sen. Kennedy has always been a warrior for healthcare,” said Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat.Kennedy was often accused by political opponents of being the ultimate liberal, but when trying to craft a bipartisan compromise he was the ultimate pragmatist, said Stuart Altman, a healthcare policy professor at Brandeis Univeristy. Even as Kennedy pushed for broader reform needs, he would look for opportunities to make incremental improvements and did so in a way that secured bipartisan support. Legislative success included the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, State Children's Health Insurance Program and the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Kennedy died of brain cancer in August of 2009. He was 77.