If every U.S. Senator of the past three decades were polled about which member was the most effective at securing co-sponsors and getting major legislation passed, Edward Kennedy would be ranked at or near the top of the list. That makes this item by Austin Frakt of particular interest as we continue to debate whether the Affordable Care Act was a great achievement, or, a complete sell-out (because universal health care was within easy reach).
Senator Kennedy wrote a “Medicare for All” bill and was able to round up the following number of co-sponsors: Zero. As Austin notes, that’s “pretty far from a filibuster-proof majority”.