Late last night, Senator Edward M. Kennedy passed away after battling brain cancer for over a year. His death could not have come at a more difficult time, as progressives fight to get Congress to pass a comprehensive health care reform with a robust public option. Kennedy called universal health care “the passion of my life,” and had been fighting for it for over 40 years.

One year before he died, Kennedy gave this very powerful speech on health care reform - which is even more apt now that he is no longer with us. Kennedy once famously said: “We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe all of us will live on in the future we make.” Let the dream live on, Teddy. We will get universal health care in this country.