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10/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Name It Ted Care?

Hey, United Airlines once named an offshoot "Ted." Why shouldn't Democrats give that a shot for health reform?

Sure, United ultimately gave up on Ted, the airline, so perhaps the brand is tainted.

Still, imagine the pressure it would put on wavering Democrats to name legislation creating public insurance after the man who spent his career fighting for it.

Sen. Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, suggested renaming the proposed America's Affordable Health Choices Act after him. Other Democrats have suggested naming the public insurance option in the bill for Kennedy.

Some Democrats think the name would honor the Senator and give the bill a much-needed boost. But some Republicans think Kennedy's liberalism would further taint the bill among conservatives.

Tell your lawmakers what you think about the proposal

Write a letter in support:
Name the Health Care Bill for Kennedy
Name the Public Option for Kennedy

Write a letter in opposition:
Don't Name the Health Care Bill for Kennedy