"Ted Kennedy... was able to imagine what it must be like for those without insurance; what it would be like to have to say to an aging parent, 'there is something that could make you better, but I just can’t afford it.' That large-heartedness – that concern and regard for the plight of others – is not a partisan feeling. It is... part of the American character."
Barack Obama in his speech to congress - September 9, 2009
"I actually think that the tougher issue around medical care... is what you do around things like end-of-life care.... That’s also a huge driver of cost, right? I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here!"
Barack Obama in an interview with the New York Times - April 2009