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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died Tuesday night of complications related to a cancerous brain tumor. The third-longest-serving senator in history, Kennedy had represented Massachusetts for more than 46 years. He was elected to his brother John Kennedy's seat in 1962, when he was barely old enough to hold the office.
A staunch advocate of liberal causes, Kennedy was committed to overhauling the nation's health care system. In this archival interview from 2006, Kennedy spoke with guest host Dave Davies about the problem of — and possible solutions to — America's burgeoning health care costs.
"If we take into consideration prevention, if we bring in the right technologies, if we deal with the health care in a comprehensive way ... if we have more competition in terms of the prescription drugs, we can bring the health-care costs down and we can pass a program," Kennedy said.
This interview was originally broadcast April 20, 2006.