(NECN: Arlington, Va.) - Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) left a note at the grave of his father, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, which read "Dad, the unfinished business is done."
The unfinished business being health care reform legislation, considered to be his father's life work, which was passed on Sunday night and signed into law by President Barack Obama Tuesday.
Sen. Kennedy, before his passing, wrote a letter to Pope Benedict XVI in which he detailed his support for health care coverage for all Americans:
"I also want you to know that even though I am ill, I am committed to do everything I can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. This has been the political cause of my life. I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health care field and will continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone."
Rep. Kennedy announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election in November. He called the decision "personal," and those close to the congressman told The Washington Post
that he felt lonely in the nation's capital without his father next door in the Senate.
"For me, I had an audience of one," Rep. Kennedy told The Washington Post. "That was my dad."Video courtesy of John Dicker, ABC NewsOne.
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