Today, President Obama sent the following message to the White House email list. In it, he talks about a letter from the late Senator Edward Kennedy on the importance of reforming our country's health care system.
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On a day in early September of 2009, I received the following letter from Senator Edward Kennedy. He'd written in May of that year, shortly after he learned that his illness was terminal. He asked that it be delivered to me upon his death.
It is a letter about the cause of his career — what he called "that great unfinished business of our society" — health care reform.
"What we face," he writes, "is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country."