That's a difficult truth to swallow if you're a supporter of the premise that access to healthcare should be a right to all Americans, and not a privilege for only the fortunate.
The nation's current economic crisis has demonstrated that not only are some Americans a paycheck or two away from losing their homes, many are also just a paycheck away from losing healthcare coverage when they lose their jobs.
Last week, tens of thousands of people solemnly watched from the sides of bridges and roads during the 70-mile ride transporting Kennedy's casket from his home on Cape Cod to Boston, or patiently stood on long lines to attend his wake at the JFK Library and Museum, or saluted Kennedy during his motorcade past the Capitol to his eternal resting place at Arlington Cemetery.
Unfortunately, the admiration and sorrow shared last week by millions of Americans won't necessarily translate into posthumous passage of Kennedy's lifetime dream. But if it does, it will be a remarkable and bittersweet last victory.