http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/washington/10kennedy.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin Its so sad. Kennedy, who previously wasn't expect to return until fall, showed up in senate at 4:15 to vote for the bill, which passed with veto proof majority of 69 votes. This won't stop my friend's 25 years family practice from going under, He mainly treats low-income population such that his income is 60% from medicare, over the years as well as foreseeable future the whole trend of medicare is dying out. He don't have any savings in the bank and quite a bit in debt. 55,000/year just doesn't make sense for a guy who has been taken care of poor people for all his life. This is ridiculous and unbelievably sad. Even with such a great success today in the senate. This is sad. I applaud senator Kennedy for his heroic act. I regret US health care system is killing good doctors.