In 1955, John F. Kennedy wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage, in which he described the courageous acts of 8 Senators in American history who took unpopular political stands to do what they felt was the right thing for the country. And, as a result, they had to endure severe criticism and loss of political popularity.
Today, congressional leaders, in asking for a simple up or down vote on the Senate health care bill, are calling all Democrats in Congress to risk their own political security and take the long awaited bold step to secure universal health care for citizens of the United States – a protection secured for the citizens of all other major industrial nations of the world.
I am proud of the United States and the Democratic Party for, at this time, standing up for the health and welfare of the people, as was done twice many years ago with the passage of the Social Security and Medicare Acts. Let Republicans know that they are not the only political force in America capable of principled action.