Vicki Kennedy applauds Supreme Court decision upholding health care reform

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. He is flanked by Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. Behind, from left are, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments in March over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, setting up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
A smiling Vicki Kennedy stood just over President Obama’s right shoulder as he signed the bill in March 2010. Her husband, who said health care reform was “the cause of my life,” had died in August 2009.
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Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a driving force behind health care reform for years during his tenure in the Senate, lauded the Supreme Court decision today upholding the Affordable Care Act.

“We still have much work to do to implement the law, and I hope we can all come together now to complete that work,” she added. “The stakes are too high for us to do otherwise.”

“As my late husband Senator Edward Kennedy said: ‘What we face 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,’” she said in a statement.

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Senator Kennedy once called health care reform “the cause of my life.” But he died before the law was passed.

Poltico reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Vicki Kennedy after the decision was released and told her, “Now, Teddy can rest.”