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AMA Mourns Death of Senator Edward Kennedy

For immediate release:
Aug. 26, 2009

Statement attributable to:
J. James Rohack, MD
President, AMA

"Today, the American Medical Association joins the nation in mourning the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.

"During his many years in public service, Senator Kennedy was a champion for America's patients - working until the end to make improvements on their behalf. For example, Senator Kennedy was a leading voice in efforts to expand access to health care for children and to secure fair health coverage for the mentally ill.

"Earlier this year, the AMA honored Senator Kennedy with its highest award for government service, which is bestowed on those who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health.

"His triumphant and deeply appreciated return to the Senate floor after brain surgery last summer helped Congress preserve seniors' access to care by halting steep Medicare physician payment cuts, demonstrating the depth of his commitment to our nation's most vulnerable citizens.

"No doubt Senator Kennedy's legacy will be burnished by his many contributions to improving America's health system over the years - including his work that helped pave the way for this year's effort to provide affordable, quality health insurance coverage to all Americans."



Katherine Hatwell
AMA Media Relations
(202) 789-7419