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Kennedy death adds volatile element to health fight

The New York Times, August 27, 2009
The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has quickly become a rallying point for Democratic advocates of a broad healthcare overhaul, a signature Kennedy issue that became mired in partisanship while he fought his illness away from the Capitol. Yet Democrats have serious internal differences on how to approach healthcare, and Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided on the policy proposals—a gulf some say Mr. Kennedy was uniquely equipped to bridge.