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Council for American Medical Innovation Honors Health Champion Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Date:8/26/2009

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council for American Medical Innovation joins with members of the health community in mourning the loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one of America's foremost advocates for all health care causes, particularly the medically underserved. His work in advancing medical innovation has left an indelible mark on the innovation space and transformed America's ability to invest in cures for illnesses that affect patients around the world.

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"Throughout my career in Congress, I had the privilege of working with Ted on many important issues, including protecting the rights of working families and increasing access to affordable health care, quality education and economic opportunities," said Former Democratic Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, chairman of the Council for American Medical Innovation. "His skill as a legislator, dedication, passion and vision for the future made him a true champion for the American people. I've been fortunate to call him a friend."

As chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and in all his years of service, Senator Kennedy played a leadership role in the creation of some of the most valuable pieces of legislation to promote civil rights, education and health care coverage for all Americans. He was a driving force behind many bipartisan efforts. Senator Kennedy was a longtime advocate in promoting biomedical research, particularly for the development of new AIDS research and treatments. In 2003, Senator Kennedy co-sponsored a bipartisan amendment to provide substantial funding for the global effort to combat AIDS, particularly for prevention and treatment of the dise
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