Ted Kennedy’s Cancer is in Remission; Updated: No He Isn’t

That is wonderful news, and I’m truly happy for him.

Sen. Edward Kennedy’s brain cancer is in remission and he is expected back in the Senate after the Memorial Day recess to spearhead healthcare reform, according to Democratic colleagues.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he spoke with Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, in the past few days and was told the 77-year-old lawmaker is “doing fine.”

Senator Kennedy is in remission because of America’s health care system, which is the best in the world. Unfortunately, Kennedy is coming back to the Senate intent on destroying this life saving system for the rest of us. Sadly, that irony is lost on Senator Kennedy, I’m sure.

See, he wants to bring a UK and Canadian style health care system here to America, yet if he took a look at the cancer survival rates in the UK and Canada and compared them to the survival rates in America, he would see that his chances of entering into remission had he lived in the UK would have dropped significantly. They would have been a little better in Canada but they still would not have been as high as they are in the US.

If the US implements the same style health care system as that in the UK or Canada, cancer survival rates will begin to drop here as well. Unfortunately, the colon cancer survival rates among Medicare recipients may begin declining now that government bureaucrats have decided to deny covering new and cutting edge technology that could detect cancerous lesions in the colon much sooner.

Update: The news that Ted Kennedy is in remission came from Harry Reid, and as is often the case with him, he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. From Fox News:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the latest Democrat to stray into rhetorical trouble Tuesday, botching statements on three subjects in one news conference — including the fragile health of the chamber’s most senior members.

The Nevada Democrat reported that one of them, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was absent because he was receiving a new round of treatment for his brain cancer. Asked if the cancer was in remission, Reid replied, “As far as I know, it is, yes.”

Kennedy’s office refused to confirm Reid’s comments or make any statement in response, the public silence a classic Washington disavowal.

Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley had to retract his statement that Kennedy is in remission. I guess I should have been suspicious of the news since it was coming from Reid.

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